The more than two-year delay in resolving multiple ethics charges against former House Ways and Means Chairman Charlie Rangel (D-NY) has resulted in Rangel being found guilty on 11 of 13 charges, but two weeks too late for voters to have a chance to act.
"Justice has been delayed, and justice has thus far been denied," says House Republican Conference Secretary John Carter, a former Texas judge. "The ultimate jury over how we conduct our affairs in Congress is the voter, but they have been denied the right to act on these convictions by this action being withheld until two weeks after Congressman Rangel's re-election."
Carter has advocated for two years for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to force action on the Rangel charges and mutiple other alleged House ethics violations. Rangel admitted many of the charges on the House floor in 2008.