I guess the reality of a humiliating ethics trial finally sunk in with Charlie Rangel (D-NY) because it looks like Rangel is making a last ditch effort to avoid that by “rangeling” a last minute deal. I’m sure Democrats are keeping their fingers crossed that he can pull it off and keep the dirty laundry from being aired in courts, because that certainly couldn’t be helpful to the Democrats during the 2010 elections. However, cutting any deal or settlement would mean that Rangel has to admit to at least some of the ethics violations.
Which leads me to the real question. Shouldn’t an elected official, who is either found guilty or who admits to fraud or ethics violations NOT be allowed to retire with a full pension and lifetime benefits? Or, should they in fact, be given some sort of dishonorable discharge and see some jail time for abusing their power and the trust of the American people?