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Monday, October 12, 2009

The Congressional Black Caucus - The beginning of the end ?

Is this the beginning of the end of the Congressional Black Caucus? Are black folks just tired of the Congressional Black Caucus and their lack of productivity?

Rep. Charles Rangel's office did not respond to requests for comment.

Rep. Charles Rangel

Well according to the Huffington post, Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) will face a 2010 primary challenge from one of his own former campaign directors. Get this, Vince Morgan, a New York banker who once worked for Rangel as a special assistant and subsequently as a campaign director, announced Monday that he would challenge Rangel for reelection.

Vince Morgan

Morgan's announcement comes after months of ethical scrutiny surrounding Rangel in regard to his alleged failure to have paid certain taxes and disclose some income on congressional filings.

Get this, as reported by The Washington Post,
Mr. Rangel's amended financial disclosure form, which exposes omissions from his 2002 through 2006 records, is a treasure trove of outrage. He neglected to report a checking account with the Congressional Federal Credit Union and one with Merrill Lynch, each valued between $250,000 and $500,000; the tens of thousands of dollars he's earning from dividends from a number of mutual funds and stocks; and the money made from the sale of a Harlem townhouse. As a result, Mr. Rangel's reported net worth doubled, from between $516,015 and $1,316,000 to between $1,028,024 and $2,495,000.

Get this, even more --- Politico reports: Some of the progressives who helped put Nancy PelosiHarry Reid in power are demanding that they come down hard on House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Charles Rangel and any Senate committee chairmen who stray from the flock on health care reform.

Don’t hold your breath.

While three Democratic insiders say leaders have privately discussed the possibility of ousting Rangel or asking him to step aside, there has been no move to approach the New York Democrat — and aides to Pelosi have made it clear that she won’t do anything about him until the House Ethics Committee finishes its probe.

That doesn’t sit well with Markos Moulitsas and Arianna Huffington, two stars of the liberal blogosphere who’ve joined House Republicans in calling for Rangel’s ouster. Read more HERE

Rangel has represented Harlem in Congress since 1971, during which time he has risen to become chairman of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee. Rangel has won his district — currently New York's 15th — overwhelmingly during the past few election cycles, having received only token Republican opposition. Read more HERE

AAPP: I hope that there will be more people coming out of the woodwork to challenge the Congressional Black Caucus in each of their congressional districts.
I like Vince Morgan's background, like me, he was raised by a single mother in urban community. His was Chicago's tough Bronzeville community, mine was the tough neighborhoods of Brooklyn, NY (where I was born) and Roxbury, MA (where I was raised). Like Vince, I too almost became a statistic when I dropped out of high school at age 16. Like Vince with the support of concerned adults and my own determination, I succeeded in turning his life around. He obtained his GED; as I but he attended Howard University while I attended the University of Massachusetts and Harvard University. Like him I graduated with a bachelor's degree at a public university and earned a Master’s degree.

He is a banker, I'm a blogger and blogtalkradio host. I'm glad that Vince's personal experience fuels his dedication to community and the young people who represent our future.
I salute him and wish him well.

I agree with fellow Afrospear blogger Villager at the blog Electronic Village: Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY) Should Resign.

It's time for change.

It's time for a political revolution with black voters. Black voters must hold black political leadership in America accountable.

It's time to throw the bum's out!

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