The tally of House Democrats calling on Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) to resign his seat in Congress stood at eight as members adjourned for the August recess late Friday. That number includes Rep. Mike Arcuri (D-N.Y.), the first Democrat from Rangel’s home state to call for his ouster.
And so far, every House Democrat who has called for Rangel’s ouster faces a viable Republican challenger this fall.
The resignation calls began more than a week ago with Rep. Betty Sutton (D-Ohio), who heads back to her district with the recognition of being the first House Democrat to call on Rangel to resign.
I would expect more congressmen to suddenly feel empowered to call for Rangel’s seat now that Obama has said he hopes Rangel “ends his career with dignity.”