Saturday, September 20, 2008

Palin: Democrats Continue Sexism
Shame on You, Charlie Rangel!

If you happen to see any of those Dan Seals ads on TV this weekend, please remember that they were (at least partially) brought to you by a man who believes in keeping the glass ceiling intact. Dan Seals' backer, fundraising partner, and major donor to Seals' Congressional Campaign, Congressman Charlie Rangel, referred to Alaska Governor and Vice-Presidential candidate Sarah Palin as "disabled," and it's clear that this was no mere thoughtless slip. TA over at the Team America blog has a nice article with details.

I am amazed that Rangel, who is head of the Congressional Black Caucus, is not only so politically incorrect but that he has also willingly become the poster child for the proposition that racism is dead while sexism lives on.

Last week, Rep. Rangel was named as one of the 20 most corrupt members of Congress by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), and is currently under a cloud for suspected tax evasion.

On Tuesday, Mark Begich, a Democrat running for the U. S. Senate from Alaska, announced that he was divesting himself of a $10,000 campaign contribution from Rep. Rangel, noting that "We agree with the McCain/Palin campaign that it's important to keep a watchful eye on who donates to your campaign."

Sexist remarks, and remarks that make light of the truly disabled, especially when then come from the Halls of Congress, are a source of the gravest concern. We hope that Candidate Seals--who doesn't live in the district in which he is running and lacks ties to the community which he seeks to serve--will divest himself immediately of these tainted contributions.


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