Skip to comments.Pelosi picks fellow Californian to take gavel after Rangel bows out (Rep. Pete Stark)
Posted on 03/03/2010 9:21:00 AM PST by Justaham
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 announced earlier Wednesday morning that he is taking a leave of absence pending the results of an ethics investigations.
In Stark, Pelosi is picking a fellow Californian to head one of the House's most powerful committees. Stark becomes the sixth House Democratic chairman from the Golden State.
Stark is next in line for the post in seniority, but his maverick personality had led some to question whether he would get the gavel even on a temporary basis. Stark has made many controversial comments over the years, and when Republicans controlled the House, Stark challenged then Rep. Scott McInnis (R-Colo.) to a fight during a Ways and Means Committee hearing.
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The Congressional Black Caucus won’t be happy about this at all, especially considering that Stark is a guy who’s only playing with about half a deck.
This guy is loony, ani American.
When is Pelosi going to start draining the swamp of its corruption as she pledged?
Pete Stark is constantly off his meds, and is a total disgrace.
This guy is a lunatic! You might say he’s STARK raving mad!
Temporarily taking a leave of absence til elections are over, is not good enough for this tax cheat, liar and theif.
Contact your Representatives and Speaker Pelosi and demand he be removed and prosecuted!
Stark? He’s daft as a brush!
When is the Congressional White Caucus going to stand up for what is right, not what is racial?
New meaning of “Stark raving mad”!
This femidiot is beyond belief.
My greatest wish is to get the chance to pee on her grave.
You think money changed hands?
Fortney Pete Stark???
Surely she jests.
And don’t call me Shirley.
Just a typical Democrat. Why the concern?
This guy Stark belongs in an asylum.
See what giving your kids funny names does to them.
Good call, Stretch.
WASHINGTON - The American Humanist Association applauded Rep. Pete Stark for publicly acknowledging he does not believe in a supreme being. The declaration, it said, makes him the highest-ranking elected official - and first congressman - to proclaim to be an atheist.
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