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07/28/2010 09:00 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Roy Sekoff On 'Ed Show': How GOP's Embrace Of Tea Party Is Like Dating A Hot Guy With Issues

HuffPost editor Roy Sekoff appeared on "The Ed Show" Wednesday night to discuss the Democratic National Committee's new push to tie the tea party movement around the necks of Republicans in advance of November's midterm elections.

"The passion in this election is coming from the right and is coming from the tea partiers, so they've got to meet that head-on and say, 'Okay, you want these guys? Here's what they really stand for,'" Sekoff said. "It's kind of like the girl who likes dating the bad boy because that's where the passion is, but then there's always the blowback, right? They want to embrace the passion of the tea party, but here's the baggage that comes with it."

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Earlier, Sekoff joined Schultz in calling for embattled Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.) to resign in the wake of ethics charges brought against the powerful Democratic congressman.

"Sorry, Charlie, you've got to take one for the team and step aside," Schultz said bluntly. "It's over."

Sekoff said Rangel's fellow Democrats have little choice but to punish Rangel appropriately, given their record mere months away from the fall midterms.

"Heading into 2010, the Democrats need a full-blown ethics trial like Mel Gibson needs another tape released," he said. "This is an area where they have to be unequivocal and say there can't be two sets of rules ... there's no wiggle room on this."

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