Selling out for an 18-pound turkey

Charlie Rangel really has no shame.  He, and apparently a lot of his constituents, don’t think he has done anything wrong.

According to the New York Times, on Tuesday he was passing out turkeys to a lucky 120 holders of tickets at the Martin Luther King Political Club – after having his name chanted upon his arrival.  How they got the tickets I’m not sure.

He says:

“These people here are not the least bit concerned about anything but how they’re going to get their families together on Thanksgiving,” Mr. Rangel said. “It just seems to me that I have a moral obligation to take care of them — and then, when I get to Washington, take care of me.”

Take care of them?

Inside the political club, as photographers captured his forced smiles, Mr. Rangel loudly took charge, herding recipients toward the free groceries and whistling with two fingers to clear a path to the door. For about 20 minutes, he handed out 18-pound Butterballs — donated by the nearby Fairway supermarket, a club member said — and bags of fixings, accepting heartfelt thank-yous, handshakes and expressions of loyalty in return.

I think the most interesting detail is he is just passing out turkeys donated by a grocery store.  He did not buy the turkeys.  Yet he is herding and whistling and accepting all the thank yous and all the praise and chants.  Says a lot about him, as if his character, or lack thereof, is in question.  He makes about $175,000 a year salary plus benefits – and you could say he has availed himself of many “benefits.”  He could have bought the turkeys.  Then he may deserve some credit.  But passing them out at a photo op does not count.

And he was re-elected.

A famous person once said, “Leave them alone.  They are the blind leading the blind and they will both fall in the ditch.”

Posted:  11.25.10

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