NRCC - Carol Shea-Porter Embraces Corruption

Shea-Porter Votes Against Resolution to Condemn Rangel’s Unethical Actions

Washington- Rep. Carol Shea-Porter (D-NH), swept into Congress in 2006 amidst promises of running “the most open Congress in history,” voted yesterday to block a resolution condemning Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-NY) and his sweetheart rent control deal (House Roll Call 546). The Manhattan Democrat, who received the deal from a campaign donor, is a prime symbol of the Washington establishment that Shea-Porter has embraced.

Rangel’s ethics violations have been well-documented in the press:

“While aggressive evictions are reducing the number of rent-stabilized apartments in New York, Representative Charles B. Rangel is enjoying four of them, including three adjacent units on the 16th floor overlooking Upper Manhattan in a building owned by one of New York’s premier real estate developers.

“Mr. Rangel, the powerful Democrat who is chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, uses his fourth apartment, six floors below, as a campaign office, despite state and city regulations that require rent-stabilized apartments to be used as a primary residence.” (New York Times, 7/11/08)

“The House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct would look at whether the difference between the reduced rent that Rangel pays and the market value of the units constitutes a ‘gift’ banned under House rules.” (New York Post, 7/26/08)

Carol Shea-Porter’s refusal to condemn a corrupt senior member of her party sends the message to the people of New Hampshire that Shea-Porter is more interested in entrenching herself in Washington’s business-as-usual politics than representing the interests of her constituents,” said NRCC spokesman Ken Spain. “This is hardly the kind of change that Carol Shea-Porter promised on the campaign trail. In fact, this is an open-armed embrace of corruption in Congress.”

In less than two years, this Democrat Congress has shown its dedication to advancing its own out-of-touch agenda instead of looking out for the American people. Carol Shea-Porter's support of Charlie Rangel’s sweetheart deal sends a clear message to the people of New Hampshire that she won’t be looking out for them any time soon.