Something’s wrong with this picture, Mr. Boehner

U.S. House Speaker John Boehner disappointingly participated in a ceremony unveiling a permanent portrait of New York Rep. Charlie Rangel in the Longworth House Office Building yesterday. This honor comes less than a year after the House Ethics Committee found Rangel guilty of 11 counts of ethical violations. He was censured by a 9 – 1 vote for improperly soliciting money from corporate officials and lobbyists for a building at City College of New York bearing his name, failing to disclose hundreds of thousands of dollars of income, maintaining a rent controlled apartment in New York as a campaign office and not paying income taxes on a lavish villa in the Dominican Republic.

The recommendation of censure is the most serious punishment the House can administer — short of expulsion. The full House voted to censure him by a vote of 333-79.

But yesterday the House Ways and Means Committee, which the crooked Rangel chaired until he lost his gavel following censure for the numerous ethics violations, hosted a ceremony and reception to unveil Rangel’s official portrait.

Worse yet, Republican Speaker Boehner joined liberal Democrats —  Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, along with New York Democrat Senators Kirsten Gillibrand and Chuck Schumer to speak at the ceremony honoring tax cheat Rangel.

Aides to Rangel refused to confirm how much the portrait cost or who was paying the tab. This 2007 Washington Post article contained an estimated cost of the artwork as $64,500.

Watch this vote for censure that took place December 2, 2010. Rangel, who cannot bring himself to take responsibility for his actions, defiantly blames the censure for his own criminality on “politics.”

The American people, fed up with the status quo, voted last November to replace Democrat members of Congress with Republicans, gaining 63 seats in the most sweeping House cleaning in decades. Speaker Boehner needs a memory refresher. We voted for ethical representation, not this ‘going along to get along’ shameful behavior.

13 Responses to Something’s wrong with this picture, Mr. Boehner

  1. Doc says:

    Now…if they’re gonna’ use it as a DART-BOARD…I could see it. Pretty expensive dart board tho…

    Perhaps a few phone calls to Congressman Boehner’s offices would inform him.

    BUT…like so many other alleged ‘conservatives’…he’s probably turned to the “Dark Side”…

  2. catsclaw says:

    Political correctness gone too far

  3. garvan says:

    You have to remember that even though Boehner and Rangel belong to different political parties, they are members of the same team: the GOVERNMENT team.

    These two hacks have far more in common with each other than either has with the voters in their respective districts.

    Politics is like a football game. Sometimes the Republican team wins; other times the Democrat team wins. But it’s still the SAME GAME: high taxes, strangling regulations, debasement of our currency, costly foreign wars, transfer of your income to the parasitic class and so on.

    And no matter how much they ruin our economy, and no matter how many of our liberties they take away from you and me, members of both teams in the Congress go on drawing their obscenely high salaries, benefits, perks and pensions, no matter who wins.

    Bottom line, folks: Boehner, Rangel and most of the rest of them are your ENEMIES, not your friends.

  4. AZ Conservative Guy says:

    Here’s the contact information for the absurdly politically correct House Speaker John Boehner, who thinks no one notices when he honors crooks. WE DO!!

    • Kathy says:

      Done – wonder if OH will replace him in 2010 with a true Conservative? He is a horrible leader (I hate to even use the term). As usual, the elites talk the talk, but definantly don’t walk the talk.

  5. FLPatriot says:

    More evidence that politicians in Washington see themselves as a privileged class of aristocrats. The live like kings a Czars in Washington while they demand more of our money to continue their cushy life styles.

    When will the peasants have enough of this? Vote them ALL out in 2012.

  6. Phil Stanley says:

    All the politicians in Washington eat off the same K Street Diner plates. They are all corrupt. It’s just than Rangel got caught at it.

  7. TeaPartyPatriot says:

    Clearly, the next step down is for the US House of Representatives to honor a portrait of excrement.

    FYI: there is an alleged “Tea Party” person who will challenge establishment boehner in the Nov 2012 election.

  8. LD 7 PC says:

    Speaker Boehner should be ashamed of his participation in this charade. He’s a good crier. He should have gone back to his office and shed a few tears over this foolish spectacle. We were looking for more from him.

  9. Calypso says:

    Here’s classy Chawlee at his finest. Listen to this spew pouring forth from his mouth:

    What a thrill to know that Republican John Boehner thinks this piece of garbage is worthy of honor.

  10. Angie says:

    A disgusting portrait just as the man it represents!

  11. LEO IN TSN says:

    Boehner is not a conservative—he is a DC beltway big-government liberal. As soon as the new House had been seated in January, Boehner started bullying them to get their minds right. He announced immediately that he WOULD pass a debt ceiling increase. He then passed a series of Continuing (Spending) Resolutions that allowed the federal government to continue growing and taxing as usual. .

    When the budget showdown finally came, the new House had their minds right, including ALL of the AZ Five, who supported and passed the Boehner Betray-US Bill. That is the bill that was morphed into the Senate Compromise that easily passed in the House. The House vote count had been set up so the AZ Five could say they opposed it, but the damage had already been done.

    The Boehner House, including the AZ Five, have given US and our kids and grandkids an immediate debt ceiling hike, immediate increases in the size of government and the spending of government, immediate tax increases, immediate cuts to the military and defense budgets with more AUTOMATIC military cuts programmed into the work of the Super Committee, and-oh, yes-the Super Committee. Here is a new group intentionally designed to stall and delay any attention to reducing the size and spending of the federal government. It deftly takes the pressure off the House to pass any spending cuts that are not “pre-approved.” And Boehner is still talking about “new revenue sources, including reworking the tax code.” The translation of that DC doublespeak is “tax increases on middle America.” Get ready—they’re coming, and the AZ Five have their minds right.

    God bless America.

    • garvan says:

      Heard on Roger Hedgecock’s program last week that Boehner put a provision in the debt extension bill (on page 277?) overturning each state’s right under the 11th Amendment to be immune from lawsuits.

      I don’t recall the specific details, but the provision is a sop to the American Trial Lawyers Association, so they could bring expensive lawsuits against states for certain states’ “violations” which anger liberals.

      If anyone else heard Roger on this, please post more details.

      The 11th Amendment, BTW, is what would have shielded AZ from the federal challenge to 1070. Once a state responds to a lawsuit, it waives their right to their 11th Amendment protections.

      When a “Republican” throws in with the ATLA, that is proof positive he or she is no longer a Republican.

      Boehner needs to be challenged in the primary. The sooner we get rid of this weeping wimp the better for the country.