NRSC: “This is who Charlie Melancon is standing by, taking campaign cash from”

July 23, 2010

In a follow up on the release (below) issued by the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) last evening, in which we asked Charlie Melancon why he continues to stand by embattled U.S. Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-NY), a major contributor to Melancon’s struggling reelection bid who has been charged by a
committee of his congressional peers with a host of major ethics violations.
In the wake of the House Ethics Committee’s charges against him, Rangel has lashed out at reporters, producing some footage that should be considered an embarrassment for Melancon, House Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), and other public officials who continue to embrace Charlie Rangel and his tainted money. Here’s the video of the tantrum Melancon ally Charlie Rangel directed at reporters yesterday after being asked a simple question about the implications of his ethics charges.

Despite the New York City Congressman’s long rap sheet of unethical behavior and embarrassing reaction to the charges levied against him, Melancon chooses to stand by Rangel, refusing to return at least $13,000 in donations from Rangel’s campaign committee and leadership PAC.

When reporting on this developing story, please consider the following statement from the NRSC:

“Why does Charlie Melancon insist on cavorting with corrupt politicians from New York City and pocketing their tainted campaign cash? Wasn’t it bad enough that Melancon snuck off to Canada to raise money from trial lawyers? Louisianians expect and deserve better, but Melancon is once again failing them by proving he’ll do just about anything in his increasingly desperate bid for a promotion to the U.S. Senate.

It’s no wonder poll after poll shows Melancon’s support among voters to be at rock bottom.” – Chris Bond, NRSC spokesman

As a reminder, numerous consecutive public polls – including from Rasmussen, Southern Media & Opinion Research, and Democrat firm PPP- show Melancon trailing Senator David Vitter by a wide margin. And the Times Picayune reports that a recent Republican-commissioned poll, in line with that independent public polling, “shows Vitter with a 48-31 lead over Melancon. Among the 77 percent of respondents judged most likely to vote, Vitter is ahead 53-33.”

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