Charles Rangel (D-NY) chairs the House Ways and Means Committee, perhaps the second or third most powerful position in the House of Representatives. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Speaker of the House, promised in 2006 to oversee the "most ethical Congress in history" and end what she called "the culture of corruption" when Republicans ruled the House.
Rangel has admitted failing to report half of his assets (he forgot) on the financial disclosure report that all members of Congress and senior executive branch people must file. He also forgot to report upwards of $75,000 in rental income on the form or on his tax return. The House Ethics Committee has had his case for sixteen months—no action yet.
Today Pelosi beat back a Republican resolution to strip Rangel of his chairmanship. Seems her ethical standard is offended by corrupt Republicans but not by corrupt Democrats. What does that make her?