Congressman Charlie Rangel escaped this year’s Democratic primary — and subsequent recount — with his job and likely will be returning to Congress for what will be his 22nd term, which begs the question: is it time for Congressional term limits?
Just to put the longtime representative’s reign into perspective, Richard Nixon was in his first term as president when Rangel first was elected to Congress. He is the third longest-serving member of the House of Representatives, and carbon dating indicates that the longtime representative is 82 years old.
In other words, we’d seriously question allowing an 82-year-old man to drive a car, let alone represent us in Congress.
Rangel’s advanced age aside, he’s also an ethical nightmare — in 2010, he was formally censured by the House of Representatives for multiple ethical violations stemming from (among various other ethical issues) his failure to pay taxes on income he received from a rental “villa” he owns in the Dominican Republic.
Rangel, however, can do no wrong in the eyes of the voters — despite his ethical issues, and lack of youth, they keep electing this guy!
If you ask us, enough is enough; things change over the span of roughly a half-decade and it’s time for a new set of eyes — preferably eyes that pay their taxes and don’t take handouts.
We want to know what you think, though: is Rangel the poster boy for Congressional term limits?
Cast your vote below.