Incoming DCCC chairman stands firm on Rangel

The incoming chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee took a hard line on punishing Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.) for his ethics violations.

During the debate over what punishment to enforce against the longtime Harlem lawmaker, New York Rep. Steve Israel (D) Thursday voted against an amendment to change the resolution censuring Rangel to that of a reprimand.

Israel was one of 105 Democrats who voted against watering down Rangel's potential punishment for House ethics violations.

Some Democrats are concerned appearing to go easy on Rangel, whose case has drawn national attention, will hurt them politically in the next election cycle.

The amendment to limit Rangel's punishment failed. The House then passed a resolution censuring Rangel, which Israel voted for.

--Updated at 5:56 p.m.