Thursday, July 29, 2010

Frazier Calls on Perlmutter to Donate Contributions from Corrupt Congressman

Asks Perlmutter to do the ethical thing

Wheat Ridge, CO – Ryan Frazier, candidate for the 7th Congressional District, called on Rep. Ed Perlmutter (D-Golden) today to donate $9,000 in contributions from disgraced and corrupt Congressman Charlie Rangel (D-New York) to charity. Colorado Democrat Reps. Betsy Markey and John Salazar have already agreed to return or donate their contributions from Rangel.

“This is exactly the culture of corruption that plagues Washington,” Frazier said. “Ed went to Washington to change it, and instead, Washington changed him.”

Rangel has been at the center of a national firestorm since allegations surfaced that he unlawfully accepted privately funded vacations to the Caribbean, used his congressional office for financial gain, and evaded paying taxes on a luxury rental home in the Dominican Republic. He has been charged with 13 counts of violating ethics rules by the House Ethics Committee and could face expulsion from the U.S. House of Representatives.

“Ed claims to be an ethical Congressman,” Frazier continued. “It’s time for him to prove to the people of the 7th Congressional District that he isn’t part of the business-as-usual Washington establishment. So far, I’m not convinced.”

While running for Congress in 2006, Perlmutter said, “Quite frankly I’m not going to be lectured by a Republican on ethics, given what’s been done by Mark Foley and Tom DeLay.”

“Congressman Perlmutter should do the ethical thing and donate the money to a charity here in the 7th Congressional District,” Frazier concluded. “I’m happy to help him find one.”