Nov 3, 2010

After electoral drubbing, Democrats must now face ethics trials

House Democrats must face the ethics trials of two senior members. This comes after their ranks were decimated in the elections yesterday.

It's like adding insult to injury but they brought it on themselves.

Reps. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) and Maxine Waters (D-Calif.), two senior House veterans, have opted to fight the separate ethics charges in public ethics trials set to take place later this month and extend into the first week of December.

Charlie Rangel and Maxine Waters are shown above.
Drawing criticism from Republicans, House ethics chairwoman Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) last month announced the trials would occur after the elections. Rangel’s will commence Nov. 15 and the Waters trial will start Nov. 29.

To make matters worse for a party still reeling from their losses, Rangel, who is known for his colorful and rambling speeches, could decide to represent himself at the hearing.

The Rangel’s trial would undoubtedly attract a lot of attention from the cable news shows.

To make matters worse, Rangel and his legal team have parted ways.