Surely there is no better opportunity for a principled vote than one cast by a retiring member during a lame-duck Congress, and on a matter of ethics. Yet the 77 Democrats voting Thursday not to censure Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y., over his financial and fundraising misconduct included outgoing Rep. Dennis Moore (in photo), D-Lenexa. Moore's campaign contributions from and support for Rangel were raised by Nick Jordan as issues against Moore during his final re-election campaign in 2008. Two Republicans also voted not to censure, including Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., who gave an emotional floor speech in Rangel's defense: "Censure is an extremely severe penalty. If expulsion is the equivalent of the death penalty, then censure is life in prison."
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