Rangel reportedly signed plea deal
Plea deal. What plea deal?House Minority leader John Boehner said Sunday he had “no idea” whether Rep. Charles Rangel reportedly signed a plea deal that was derailed by GOP resistance. Rangel had been trying at the last minute to put 13 ethics charges behind him, but GOP chiefs insisted that the Harlem leader go to trial, he reportedly told Harlem leaders. Boehner told NBC’s “Meet the Press” Sunday that he would have no knowledge about what was going on in the secretive House ethics committee. "Under the rules of the House, the ethics committee proceedings are private," he said. At least Rangel has some good news. He snagged Dionne Warwick to appear at his 80th birthday fundraiser after losing Aretha Franklin, who fell and cracked her rib, according to published reports. Still unclear is what kind of turnout he’ll get, with many heavy hitters making excuses to stay away from the event at the Plaza. And so long as he survives the trial, Rangel could sit pretty and win his November re-election bid. “Voting is a repetitive behavior,” said Hank Sheinkopf, a Democratic consultant. "All of Central Harlem will have to stay home for him not to win."