Kathy Castor named to House ethics panel

02/11/09 Mitch E. Perry
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Yesterday, the House Ethics Committee voted to reauthorize a subcommittee of three Democrats and three Republicans to investigate New York Democrat Charles Rangel.

The Committee is looking at Rangel’s failure to pay taxes on rental income from a house he owns in the Dominican Republic, and his use of four rent stabilized apartments in New York City.

They’re also looking at letters he wrote on Congressional stationery looking to find donors for a center named after him at City College of New York.

Tampa area Congresswoman Kathy Castor was recently named by Speaker Nancy Pelosi to serve as one of the five Democrats on the Committee. There are also five Republicans as well.

A recent newspaper article reflected how party pressures could make it difficult for Castor to be fair and impartial, but she insists she can do the job.

The House voted down an effort last night to remove Rangel as chairman of the House Ways and Means committee. Rangel says he has broken no laws and actually requested the investigation himself after press reports surfaced last year.

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