Empire State of Scandal: Now, It’s Rangel

By David Schoetz

Mar 3, 2010 5:41pm

 
It's Paterson Watch versus Rangel Watch — two pressure-cooker political scandals involving New York Democrats vie for attention as decisions are made and details emerge. Today's tough headline for Governor David Paterson includes a new, separate ethics charge against him, this time for allegedly accepting free New York Yankee playoff tickets during last year's championship run. This abuse-of-power accusation comes on top of allegations his office tried to cover-up a domestic violence incident involving one of his aides. Meanwhile, Rep. Charles Rangel, under pressure and scrutiny from within his party and without, (temporarily) stepped down from his powerful position as chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee. Rangel is swept up in an ethics investigation of his own, involving his conduct in various business ventures. Both politicians have been at the center of relentless media coverage, as you can see from the New York Post cover above. Both steadfastly deny wrongdoing. Embedded below is Rangel's press conference from this morning.

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