July 28th, 2010, Fairfax, VA—Americans for Limited Government President Bill Wilson today issued the following statement in response to reports of ongoing plea bargain negotiations by the professional staff of the House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct with Representative Charlie Rangel's lawyer:
"It is not sufficient for Representative Rangel to simply plead guilty to very serious charges, but be allowed to keep his seat. Any deal that does not result in him resigning will forever be tainted with the appearance of a 'good ol' boy' cover-up. Charlie Rangel is a career politician who since the ethics probe began has contributed money to the campaigns of at least 119 members of Congress, including members of the ethics committee.
"Whether or not members give Rangel's donations back, they will be stained if he is allowed to keep his seat. Charlie Rangel should resign or be expelled."