Hastings Won't Chair House Intelligence Committee
It's official. Alcee Hastings is out of the running for Chair of the House Intelligence Committee. Nancy Pelosi doesn't want him.
Reportedly, despite the support of the "Blue Dog Democrats," Jane Harman is out as well.
That leaves, according to McClatchy news reporters:
Reps. Silvestre Reyes of Texas, Sanford Bishop Jr. of Georgia and Norm Dicks of Washington state. Reyes has the edge, Pelosi allies indicated. He was a 26-year agent and supervisor with the U.S. Border Patrol before his 1996 election to Congress, and currently is a senior member of the Intelligence panel.
Who are the "Blue Dog Democrats?" A group of 44 centrist Democrats in the House.
Yet Pelosi may need the Blue Dog Coalition as much as they need her, or perhaps more.
It is a make-or-break group that can affect Pelosi’s ability to get legislation enacted in the House. Their 44 votes account for about 20 percent of Democratic membership in the new House.
Blue Dog leaders made a point of stressing their independence from party leaders in their debut event Wednesday. “We’re not going to be a rubber stamp for anyone,” said Rep. Mike Ross, D- Ark, the Blue Dogs spokesman.
My view is they can either be Democrats and go with the flow or they can join the Republican party whose views are closer to their own. The American people elected Democrats this year to effect change. The last thing we need are Republicans in Democrats' clothing to bring us more of the same.
Update: The Washington Post has more, and reports Harman is definitely out.
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