Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.), a.k.a. the Lion of Harlem -- or is it the Lyin' of Harlem? -- has committed ethical lapses that would prompt nearly anyone else to resign in shame, or at least to serve out his last term in ignominy until voters booted him back to the private sector. Not Rangel. In 2010, he was censured and lost his chairmanship of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee after the House Ethics Committee found him guilty of a raft of abuses, including failing to pay income tax on a rental property he owned in the Dominican Republic, using public money to assist with campaign fund-raising, filing misleading campaign disclosure reports and using a rent-controlled residential apartment as a campaign office. In response, voters yawned. Rangel, who has been in Congress since 1970 and is a Harlem icon, had a slightly nail-biting primary race but is now running unopposed for reelection.
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