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kpete Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-03-10 12:48 PM
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Pelosi picks fellow Californian(Pete Stark) to take gavel after Rangel bows out
Edited on Wed Mar-03-10 12:49 PM by kpete
Source: The Hill

Pelosi picks fellow Californian to take gavel after Rangel bows out
By Michael O'Brien and Jared Allen - 03/03/10 11:45 AM ET

Speaker Nancy Pelosi has picked liberal firebrand Rep. Pete Stark to replace ousted Chairman Charles Rangel on the tax-writing committee, according to a House leadership aide.

The decision was made during a Wednesday morning leadership meeting following Rangel's announcement that he would temporarily step aside as chairman of the Ways and Means Committee, the aide said.

Rangel (N.Y.) had come under growing pressure in the wake of several ethics investigations, and he faced a vote Wednesday on a GOP-backed privileged resolution to force his ouster.

GOP lawmakers said they still intended to go forward with the resolution, saying Rangels temporary withdrawal as chairman was not good enough.

Read more: http://thehill.com/homenews/house/84677-rangel-to-give-...



Completely awesome anecdote about Pete Stark, new House Ways and Means chair
by: Chris Bowers
Wed Mar 03, 2010 at 13:01

Two years ago, a source on Capitol Hill who used to work in Representative Pete Stark's office told me a great anecdote about Representative Stark.

One day, a lobbyist from a large energy company entered the lobby of Representative Stark's office. When he heard who was in the lobby, Representative Stark yelled from another room "get the f*ck out of here!" When the lobbyist laughed a bit and didn't leave, Representative Stark came into the lobby and yelled again "no, get the f*ck out of here!" The lobbyist then left.

http://www.openleft.com/diary/17662/completely-awesome-...
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avaistheone1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-03-10 12:55 PM
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1. Great
Edited on Wed Mar-03-10 01:04 PM by avaistheone1
He is my Congress critter. I love him to bits. Stark is a good progressive Democrat.

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frylock Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-03-10 02:23 PM
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3. lucky..
pete stark is awesome!
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mariawr Donating Member (171 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-03-10 01:08 PM
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2. Any one that the rethugs hate is fine w/me. nt
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KansDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-03-10 03:42 PM
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4. To paraphrase that old adage: "The enemy of the GOP is..."
"...doing something right!"
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philly_bob Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-03-10 04:02 PM
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5. Excellent choice. A real I'm-a-Democrat-and-proud-of-it guy. /nt
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-04-10 05:49 AM
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6. Republicans already trying to smear Stark as the "one of the most liberal and partisan in
Congress."

To which I say: "I hope he is one of the most effective, too."

Meanwhile, I've really enjoyed Rangel, but why did he have to say that he was stepping down temporarily, so his colleagues would not have to deal with defending him as they campaign for re-election, and therefore he's taking a leave as chair until the Ethics Committee finishes its investigation?

Couldn't he think of anything that sounded less cynical?


How about simply, "While I continue to maintain my innocence (and always will), I am stepping down as Chair until the Ethics Committee finishes its investigation so that Congress can better focus on the important matters before it. without further distraction by this matter?"
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bemildred Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-04-10 09:04 AM
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7. Awesome. nt
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and-justice-for-all Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-04-10 02:04 PM
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8.  "no, get the f*ck out of here!" LOVE IT!!! nt
Edited on Thu Mar-04-10 02:04 PM by and-justice-for-all
:yourock:
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librechik Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-04-10 02:08 PM
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9. UPDATE:: NOT PETE AFTER ALL
Sander Levin has been named instead
http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-le...

too bad
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senseandsensibility Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-04-10 06:54 PM
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10. Oh no!
Thanks for the update, but I'm disappointed.
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-05-10 09:12 AM
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11. That has to set a few records.
One, the shortest Chair ever in the House.

Two, the fasted cave in.


"But Stark's politics -- he's an unapologetic liberal -- and his volatility, with a history of making controversial and provocative statements, concerned other members of the committee as well as the Democratic leadership."



What the fuck do liberals have to apologize for again? Controversial and provoative statements? Is that how we're describing "unapologetic liberal" comments these days?

"In that sense, Levin could make for a better fit. He's an expert on trade issues and is considered to be much more moderate than Stark."

Welcome to the one party-system Enjoy watching the nation go further and further right.

Idiots.
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Demeter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-05-10 01:30 PM
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12. Levin is a Sell Out
and I wish he'd retire already. He is a disgrace to the Party
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-06-10 05:19 AM
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13. A Democrat who's a sell out supplanting a Democrat who is a Democrat.
A metaphor?

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