What, Me Worry?
Only two months after coming under scrutiny for renting four luxury apartments in Harlem at less than half market price, New York representative Charles Rangel has found himself in the spotlight again, this time for failing to report over $75,000 in annual income from his Dominican Republic beach house, and moreover, for not paying interest on the villa’s loan. According to The New York Times, the villa, which rents for up to $1,100 a night, is one of the hottest luxury properties in the Caribbean, with former president Bill Clinton ranking among its guests.
This morning, Rangel defended himself against charges of unethical behavior and brushed aside calls to step down from his position on the House Ways and Means Committee. His defense for the villa? “Every time I thought I was getting somewhere, they’d start speaking Spanish,” Rangel said.