The Washington Times - October 9, 2009, 12:59PM

Rep. Charles Rangle can barely see out of the hole he’s dug himself in to as repeated ethics violation claims continue to build.  Thursday, a congressional ethics committee expanded their two year investigation into the New York congressman to include hundreds of thousands of dollars of personal assets that Rangel underreported in 2007.

According to Politico:

“Now, Rangel will have to combat allegations that cropped up when he amended several years of legally required personal financial disclosure reports in August, revealing that his 2007 disclosure had understated his assets by as much as half.

“He initially reported a range of assets between roughly $500,000 and $1.3 million but later amended that to between roughly $1 million and $2.5 million.

“The unreported assets, first reported by CQ, included two accounts worth at least $250,000 and property in New Jersey.”

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Even before the ethics committee broadened their probe, House Republicans were blocked Wednesday by Democrats and Speaker Nancy Pelosi in an ongoing effort to remove Mr. Rangel as chairman of the Ways and Means Committee, which oversees the IRS.

Only one question remains: If there were a Charlie Rangel action figure, would it come with a shovel or would that item be sold separately, and to which one of Rangel’s bank accounts or PACs should all proceeds be directed?

New York bloggers offer comment:

NY Gov. David Paterson defends Rangel after Republicans call for his resignation.

PolitickerNY: Pelosi politics and why she won’t remove Rangel.

The Albany Project: Charlie Rangel should step down.

The Gothamist: Rangel barely surviving GOP calls for resignation.

VIDEO: Mr. Rangel can only blame himself instead of blaming the media like he did two weeks ago.

Quote of the Day:

“Rep. Charles Rangel is the Teflon Rep! Even though he apparently knows nothing about paying his own taxes, he’s keeping the chairmanship of the House Ways and Means Committee—which is involved with the country’s tax code!”
-The Gothamist