One can only hope for something so sweet.
And yet it certainly stands to reason that Charles Rangel, after 22 consecutive victories, could be defeated tonight by his primary opponent and State Sen. Adriano Espaillat.
All the experts and pundits were certainly caught completely off guard when a politically unknown college professor named David Brat beat the powerful House Majority Leader Eric Cantor. Those same experts and pundits were also surprised by David Jolly’s narrow defeat over Democrat Alex Sink in Florida’s special Congressional election.
Just two years ago, Espaillat came within 1,000 votes of sending Rangel packing.
“He has become a liability for the Democratic Party. He can no longer go across the country to campaign to be in the majority,” Espaillat said. “He served 44 years, but he hasn’t been effective since he’s been censured.”
Espaillat has a point. Charlie is dirty. In 2010, Rangel was found guilty of 11 ethics violations. He was also censured for those violations, which is the harshest form of punishment he could face just short of expulsion from Congress.
And when Charlie Rangel is not being an unethical clown (which is never), he’s somewhere not representing the interests of his constituency. In 2009, the national poverty rate was 14.3%. In 2010, in New York 15, Rep. Rangel’s district, the poverty rate was 24.3%.
And of course there’s Charlie Rangel’s repulsive addiction to calling Americans he disagrees with politically, racists. Rangel’s latest hate-filled tirade against the tea party found him comparing the political group to the murdering, Palestinian terror outfit Hamas.
Yes, Espaillat is a Democrat and would be just another rubber stamp devoted to pleasing his party leaders. But, at the very least, he’s not a littering, unethical pile of excrement like Charlie Rangel.
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