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Rangel’s Money

Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz and Congressman Patrick Murphy have taken money from Congressman Charlie Rangel’s PAC.

Murphy’s challenger Tom Manion wants it returned.

“Pennsylvania voters now know the price Patrick Murphy charges to stand with corruption,” said Brendan Buck, a spokesman with the National Republican Congressional Committee.

Tom Manion, challenging Murphy for the 8th District congressional seat, said Murphy “should give the cash back.”

Two years ago, Manion noted, Murphy went after then-Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick, who was linked to donations from congressmen who dealt with Jack Abramoff, the now-imprisoned lobbyist. At the time, Murphy called for Fitzpatrick to return the donations because Abramoff had been convicted.

Although Rangel has not been found guilty of wrongdoing, Manion said Murphy finds himself in the same position as Fitzpatrick and called for him to “take the ethical high road and give the cash back.”

“Character is priceless,” Manion said. “More and more Patrick just appears to be yet another part of what’s wrong with Washington.”

September 22, 2008 at 12:38 am
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