Government Oversight Will Be Teh Awesome!!!

November 25th, 2008at 10:42pm Posted by Eli

Well, fab:

Despite growing pressure from colleagues to mount an internal challenge for the Oversight Committee gavel, Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) has reiterated to House Democratic leaders his decision to avoid running against his elder on the committee, Rep. Edolphus Towns (D-N.Y.).

Leadership sources said Cummings made his views known — and final — in brief discussions with senior House Democrats on Tuesday morning.

In not bowing to suggestions from within Democratic circles that he should run, Cummings’s decision essentially paves the way for Towns to receive the unanimous recommendation of the Steering and Policy Committee when it meets — presumably in December — to consider the vacant top post on the Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

Everything I hear about Towns is that he’s kind of a lightweight who didn’t show up a whole lot when Waxman was running the show.  And it’s not like we can count on his Senate counterpart to pick up the slack.

Only question in my mind is whether Towns and Lieberman will simply be ineffectual do-nothings in their oversight chairs, or if they’ll actively witch-hunt Obama; Towns because he gets rolled by Ranking Member Darrell Issa, and Lieberman because he just hates Democrats.

(h/t Peterr)

Entry Filed under: Corruption/Cronyism,Democrats,Obama


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