Republican Congressional candidates will likely make the ethics charges against New York Congressman Charlie Rangel a campaign issue this year.
Already, Republican hopeful David Madeira, who is running against Democratic Rep. Chris Carney in Pennsylvania, is using Carney’s ties to Rangel as a campaign issue.
“Chris Carney may parade himself as a bipartisan, fiscal-conservative, but the truth is revealed in his sources of income. Even without the scandal, what is Carney doing taking money from Rangel,” Madeira
asked in a press release sent around to reporters today. “Better yet, what does Carney owe Rangel for that $21,000?”
Madiera called on Carney to return $21,000 in campaign contributions from Rangel’s campaign and his National Leadership PAC. According to the Federal Elections Commission, Chris Carney accepted a
total of $21,000 from Rangel’s campaign and from his National Leadership PAC between 2006 and 2008.
By the way, there’s no relation between this Carney and me. At least, not that I know of.