House Members to Honor Crook Charlie Rangel With Unveiling of Official $64,000 Portrait Today


Congress is broken.
Less than a year after the House formally censured the former Democrat they will unveil his official $64,000 portrait today on Capitol Hill.
The Hill reported:

It may be one of the more awkward honorary ceremonies in recent memory.

On Thursday, House leaders will pay tribute to Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.), less than a year after the House formally censured the former chairman of the Ways and Means Committee.

Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) will speak at a ceremony to unveil Rangel’s official portrait as chairman of the storied committee, which the longtime New York Democrat led from 2007 until March 2010, when party leaders pressured him to give up the post amid a growing ethics scandal.

In December, the House voted overwhelmingly, 333-79, to censure Rangel over rules violations that stemmed from unpaid taxes on a villa he owned in the Dominican Republic, undisclosed financial assets and the improper use of his office for fundraising.

The portrait itself was the subject of controversy. Just nine months into his term as chairman, Rangel asked the Federal Election Commission for permission to use campaign funds to pay for the portrait, which his lawyer said would cost more than $64,000.

When pressed about the pricey picture, Rangel joked to reporters at the time that he would have preferred a mural.

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  • southernsue

    we are so corrupt at the top, i don’t know if anybody elected can fix us.

    here we sit, middle America, and these multi-millionairs run our country in the ground.

    we are slowly getting rid of these parasites, however, the more people that we elect that know how or have run businessess and have not been born with a silver spoon in their mouths the better.

    yes, we have a lot of parasites to get rid of.

  • Finncrisp

    This is how the other half lives. So much for the concept of public servant. Hail to the crook!

  • http://deleted RedBeard

    This much is crystal clear: Boehner should refuse to speak. There is no honor, and certainly no duty involved, in speaking on behalf of a filthy crook.

    If Boehner goes ahead with this, he will have lost any shred of respect I had left for him.

  • daryl

    “When pressed about the pricey picture, Rangel joked to reporters at the time that he would have preferred a mural.”

    The crooked old codger would have probably preferred the money.

  • patman

    Give credit to the idiots who donated to Rangle and the Demtards. It’s their money. Let them paint whatever they want at what ever THEIR cost.

    At least it’s not going to pay for campaign materials and ad buys….

  • big L

    Speaker will speak, shred of respect will be lost. in the land of the fee and the home of the knave.

  • yourmaster

    The portrait is probably of Charlie Rangel eating out 0bama’s ass
    that’s the level of respect he deserves. It’s probably followed by a video of 0bama
    having gay sex with muslim children *l*

  • JimBob

    Anyone realy surprised here? Our government is a joke…and these people criticise and demonize the likes of Chavez and Castro.

  • listingstarboard

    Queen Michelle can wear her $42,000 bracelets to the occasion.

  • bigkahuna

    It should be a gesture sketch…. The guesture would be Charlie flipping the country off. The only appropriate sketch in my opinion.

  • Zilla

    Paid for by we the (sucker) taxpayers I’m sure! Every single member of Congress regardless of party affiliation should be removed over this if they don’t loudly voice opposition to this disgusting glorification of corruption. Boehner needs to go, unless he gets up there and talks about what a crook Rangel is and how this is a criminal waste of our money, he needs to be replaced.

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  • Just-Saying

    Boehner needs to not speak for this corrupt representative, or, if he speaks, to only speak of the corruption (and not laud Rangel). Otherwise, Boehner needs to be ousted from the speakership!

  • succotash

    Okay,we lost another 423,000 jobs this week yet the crooks in congress retain their jobs and are honored with stupid ceremonies like this. What the he!! is wrong with us as a country?


    and you wonder why the country is going bankrupt…these politicians have absolutely zero ethics…common sense or morals

  • lynched1

    Does anyone else see there is work yet to be done?

  • Hobbitually conservative

    Censure is rewarded in this corrupt congress, DC in general. They are self serving, the hell with the people who they used to be elected to serve.

    Every one of them has to go but which candidate is the most likely to challenge these bastards and hold them to account?

    Romney? Perry? They will fit in perfectly with the present Washington croud, they do not do things to better our society unless there is a political or financial payback.

    Are going to go down without a fight?

  • J

    We really do need to clean house. Vote ALL the bums out, tell them who is the boss, and then pick, carefully, a new congress. This one is a farce.

  • http://none tommy mc donnell

    at a time when one in ten americans are out of work this is the american equivalent of “let them eat cake.”

  • Militant Conservative

    Beached grey whale. LOL