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Gene Taylor Calls On Rangel To Step Down

February 26, 2010
tags: Charlie Rangel, Congress, Gene Taylor
by Brett

Rep. Gene Taylor joined a couple of other Congressional Democrats in breaking ranks and calling on Rep. Charles Rangel to resign his post as House Ways and Means Chairman- one of the most powerful jobs in Congress.

This call came out after an ethics committee investigation found that Rangel violated House rules by accepting Caribbean junkets. Prior to this, Rangel’s only opposition had come from Republicans.

Taylor said that Rangel “should step down, or at least step aside until all this is resolved.” He added: “The citizens of his home state sent him here, that’s their decision. But members of the (Democratic Caucus) made him chairman of that committee, and he should step down until all this is resolved.”

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Matt permalink
    February 26, 2010 2:45 pm

    That’s like a gimme for Gene Taylor. Bobby Bright also called on Rangel to step down.

    I’d like to see a campaign to encourage Gene Taylor himself to leave the Democratic Caucus. It could be a fun political exercise…

    “Dear Congressman Taylor, the national Democrat Party does not represent the values of the majority of your South Mississippi constituents. We have voted for you year after year but cannot continue to support someone who caucuses with the Democrats in Washington and votes for Nancy Pelosi as speaker. Therefore we respectfully request that you leave the Democrat Caucus and join the majority of your constituents in the Republican Party. Seeing as how in some years past you have voted over 50% of the time with the Republicans in Congress anyway, we think this should be an easy decision for you. If you decide to remain a Democrat then we as your past supporters will have no choice but to cast a vote for your opponent in November.”

  2. RandomThoughts permalink
    February 26, 2010 4:33 pm

    Isn’t that just putting party over person? If you like the job Taylor is doing it shouldn’t matter if he is a declared Republican, Democrat, Independent, Conservative etc.

    Vote for the person not the party. The party (whether republican or democrat) will always let you down.

    • mspolitics82 permalink
      February 27, 2010 12:39 am

      Taylor has a lifetime 60% conservative voting record (source: American Conservative Union); just don’t think he is gonna make a move after 20 years…he’d better hurry, he only has one more day to qualify as Republican. Besides, this move by Gene Taylor is “merely politics” on his part, because quite honestly, I think he knows he is in trouble this go round. The “incumbent”, especially the Democrat one, is at a big disadvantage in 2010, and Taylor knows it. So, he is going to step everything up a notch this year in trying to convince his Republican friends in District 4 that he truly is a conservative. Those big money GOP’ers in the Hattiesburg and Gulf Coast areas are going to be in the minority of Elephants who continue to be loyal to the Golden Boy (Taylor). Fewer and fewer are going to fall for Taylor’s
      “conservative” facade this time. IMO, I think enough will NOT FALL FOR IT, and I predict Taylor goes home to Bay St. Louis at the end of 2010.

  3. Amber permalink
    February 27, 2010 11:05 am

    Where is Travis? Why has he not called for Rangel to step down. I know it is a political stunt on the part of Taylor but Travis would be smart to find a way to distance himself from Pelosi and the likes of party members like Rangel.

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