Friday, March 05, 2010

PA-3: Huber Calls on Dahlkemper to Return Rangel's Cash

It seems that tax cheat Charlie Rangel has roots here in the third district: he has given $14,000 to first-term congresswoman Kathy Dahlkemper.

Hat tip to The Herald (Sharon, PA):
The money was donated by top Democrat U.S. Rep. Charles B. Rangel, New York. Mrs. Dahlkemper, though, pointed out Rangel’s donation came from his war chest, which isn’t a subject of the ethics inquiries hailing down on Rangel.

And that cash hasn't escaped the attention of at least one of the Republicans interested in besting Dahlkemper in the fall.
But Rangel is ethically radioactive, and Mrs. Dahlkemper should give back the cash, said a campaign spokesman for Paul Huber, a Meadville businessman....

Huber’s spokesman, Danny Driscoll, said that 28 other Democrats have given Rangel’s money back or donated it to charity, turning in a total of $400,000 already.

But Ms. Dahlkemper, already shaping up to be a one-termer is angling to hold onto the cash:
Mrs. Dahlkemper sent a release in the matter, citing statements from non-partisan watchdog groups like Common Cause and Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, who said Rangel’s war chest isn’t tainted.

Unless the money in Rangel’s war chest is ill-gotten gains, said a Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics spokeswoman, there’s no ethical lapse in keeping it. She called the Republican dig “silly.”

So, there you have it. A ethically bankrupt congressman pumps money into your failing campaign, and when called on it, you call the question "silly." Who cares what liberal "ethics" groups say? The money came from a full-blown tax cheat and lobbyist abuser. I think it's "silly" that Dahlkemper would so quickly align herself with such a guy. Talk about a gift that keeps on giving...

But it gets better! Dahlkemper chided then-representative Phil English for taking money from oil companies (which are legal companies):
Mrs. Dahlkemper made a similar call to former U.S. Rep. Phil English during her campaign against him in 2008 – she asked English to surrender $200,000 in money from Big Oil.

At the time, Mrs. Dahlkemper accused English of taking money from Big Oil at the expense of the interests of Pennsylvanian families.

So...there are a lot of oil companies in Western PA. The extraction of oil was started here, by the way. There are loads of refineries in the area. And people from Pennsylvania ACTUALLY WORK THERE. Apparently, Dahlkemper would rather take money from corrupt congressmen than from businesses that operate and employ people in and around her own district.

Wow.

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