Carter re-tweets support for Rangel resolution

Rep. John Carter (R-Texas), who introduced a resolution to remove Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) from his leadership post, is taking to Twitter to share messages from supporters of his measure.

Republicans are demanding Rangel step aside as chairman of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee due to accusations of irregularities on his most recent financial disclosure forms and failure to pay taxes on certain real estate properties.

Carter -- or a member of his staff -- is culling "direct replies" (tweets directly addressed at Carter) and re-tweeting them (sending them out to the rest of his 2,000+ followers).

Here is a sample of the messages sent to the fourth-term congressman:

RT @plove360 @JudgeCarter Watching you on Cspan , Kick their butts and dont give up on the fight please

Thanks! RT @troubledblondie ur my hero to. keep going #removeRangel how dare he write tax laws for us to follow but not him! hes outta touch

Thanks RT @helensharvest I'm so proud of your courage to try to remove the corruption from our government. May God richly bless your efforts

The congressman also re-tweeted a message from fellow Texan Rep. John Culberson:

RT @johnculberson On House floor voting to remove Rangel as Chair of tax comm but Pelosi won't do it though he hides income & dodges taxes

The House just voted to table Carter's resolution.

Earlier today, Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.), a Rangel ally, downplayed the seriousness of the allegations against the Harlem lawmaker.

"I want to tell you, there are many members who, if you go back over all of their records, over all of the years, you're going to find that there were disclosures that were not made," Waters said during an appearance on MSNBC Wednesday morning.