If you don’t know the name Charles Rangel (aka Charlie, Chuck, C-Unit), you would be wise to consider the following: Rangel, the Democratic representative of the 15th Congressional District- which includes Morningside Heights- stands a chance at becoming the chairman of the Committee on Ways and Means if the Dems take the House this year. At the moment, he is the ranking Democrat on the committee.
In congressional arithmetic, the quotient of the Ways divided by the Means is… pork. Thick slabs of pork, in fact: lots of special funding for projects in his home district. ‘Well,’ you may say, ‘how do we know we’ll get a piece of the pork-pie?’
Simply consider the following, observed by tipster Seth Berliner:
“Congressman Charlie Rangel was sighted today at about 10:50 a.m. walking South on the East side of Broadway at about 115th. He was admiring the local foods fair, and seemed particularly excited by the breads, which elicited an excited ‘ohh.'”
Clearly planning for a nice ham sandwich.