Rangel's GOP Rival Won't Raise Ethics Charges

By Steve Peoples, CQ Politics

The multiple ethics charges still hanging over Rep. Charles Rangel (D) didn’t bother voters in Tuesday’s primary, where he won the party’s nomination. Maybe that’s no surprise, but this is: Rangel’s Republican opponent says he doesn’t consider them an issue, either.

Just about everyone believes Rangel is a lock to win yet another term in Congress representing this district that includes Harlem and Spanish Harlem, making it all the more curious why his rival won’t use the ethics issue against him.

“He did it. But there are others that did worse,” former NFL player and Harlem pastor Michel Faulkner, a Republican, said in a Thursday interview with CQ-Roll Call.

“They threw him under the bus. They threw Maxine Waters under the bus. The Democratic Party is showing its true colors. I think the Democratic Party is racist. I’ll say it.”

Faulkner, who is African-American, vowed not to go negative against Rangel in his quest to unseat the 20-term incumbent.

“If I was willing to run a negative campaign, I take this [race] running away,” he said. “But I’m not going to do that. He’s already got enough stuff out there on him.”

The one issue Faulkner doesn’t shy away from, however, is the allegation that Rangel had multiple rent-controlled apartments: “That’s greed. People in my district say that’s the straw that broke the camel’s back.”

We’ve put a call into the DCCC for their take on Faulkner’s position, but haven’t heard back yet.

It’s an understatement to say that Faulkner is overmatched in the general election contest.

To read more, visit: http://blogs.cqpolitics.com/eyeon2010/2010/09/rangels-republican-opponent-sa.html

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