Thoughts on Yet Another Potential Committee Chair

By November 2, 2006General

As part of our periodic series, providing info on potential Committee chairs should the House switch to the Dems, there was an interesting op-ed in yesterday’s WaPo by Ruth Marcus, normally not known for her conservative views. In it, she opines about the likely Democrat Chair of the House Intelligence Committee, Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-FL). Says Marcus, “In 1989, after being acquitted in a criminal trial, Hastings was stripped of his position as a federal judge — impeached by the House in which he now serves and convicted by the Senate — for conspiring to extort a $150,000 bribe in a case before him, repeatedly lying about it under oath and manufacturing evidence at his trial.” She calls Pelosi’s likely choice of Hastings “the wrong decision.”

This is not a committee we normally watch, but it is one in which the vulnerable public has a great interest. Here’s a list of the agencies overseen by the committee, a pretty important and impressive list. And here’s a link to the history of the committee.

Without knowing more, we’d kinda have to agree with Marcus. Oh, and in Case you’re wondering, Rep. Hastings has a 5% NAM Vote Rating.