Kevin Powell, the former Real World star and hip-hop journalist making his second try against Brooklyn congressman Ed Towns, called on Charlie Rangel to not seek re-election, and suggested that Towns follow him out the door.
Not only do I think it is time for the 80-year-old Mr. Rangel to step aside for new leadership, I also feel that 27-year veteran Congressman Edolphus “Ed” Towns should be not be the Chairperson of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. Mr. Towns, like Mr. Rangel, has a history of ethics missteps…So what if Mr. Rangel’s case happens to one day come before Mr. Towns’ Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, since it has government-wide oversight jurisdiction and expanded legislative authority, making it one of the most influential and powerful committees in the House? It will be a case of one Congressional member with questionable ethical behavior being investigated by another Congressional member with ethical behavior.
For what it is worth, no one that I know of has suggested that Rangel’s case could come before Towns’ committee, since the matter is before the Ethics Committe and seems likely to end there, one way or another…