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.
“firebrand” usually means “nutcase”, cf. Cindy Sheehan, Medea Benjamin, Al Sharpton, et al.
Wednesday morning leadership meeting
1.how do we hide this bribe thingy
2.we just wait it out it will blow over in a week
3.our friends in the media will bens the facts for us
4.this puppy is in high spin mode
Republicans should fight to support Rangel. Stark is worse.
Better a corrupt pol we know we can influence than a loony Communist we know we can’t.
Pete Stark, atheist:
“[I am a] Unitarian who does not believe in a Supreme Being. I look forward to working with the Secular Coalition to stop the promotion of narrow religious beliefs in science, marriage contracts, the military and the provision of social service.”
JC Watts should have beat the tar out of him. Scott McGuinnis too.
Oh, dear. They didn’t have a non-idiot available?
Who do you want? Alcee Hastings?
Strictly speaking, that makes no sense.
Pete stark claims that the national debt is a good thing:
Stark is stark raving mad. This will surely go well.
In other words, he’s one of those UINOs—Unitarians in Name Only.
“I believe in one . . . nothing.”
He is highly temperamental and injudicious with language, often resorting to epithets and personal slurs in place of argumentation. In 2007, he accused President Bush of sending soldiers "to Iraq to get their heads blown off for (his own) amusement.
Stark is also a member of the Progressive Caucus and an atheist. In other words: he's a perfect modern Democrat.
If you’re looking to advance one of the looniest suckers in the Hou$e,,
Nancy done real good with that pick.
[I am a] Unitarian who does not believe in a Supreme Being.
Strictly speaking, that makes no sense.
Expecting reason from the unreasonable is a futile pursuit. Stand back and await the obvious implosion. When nuts run things, its merely a matter of time until the squirrels of cosmic justice find them. So it is said, so shall it be done.
Who is more psychotic? Stark or Pelosi??
Get rid of a crook; replace him with a kook. Great . . .
“Stark becomes the sixth House Democratic chairman from the Golden State.”
all these chairman from the state that is in the worst financial trouble and bankrupt pushing the same agenda on the whole country.
They should also stop refering to california as the “Golden State”
Both. Liberalism is a mental illness. Most of them are batsh*t crazy, some more than others. On a scale of 1-10, they are both a solid 10.
Hard to believe that they are in charge of anything. Even a hot dog stand.
The article says he was “ousted”? He hasn’t been ousted.
He just agreed to lay low until the coast is clear.
After all, that’s what criminals do when the heat is on.
I knew they had someone worse than Rangel in mind if Pelosi encouraged his exit. Why don’t the people of Californua have the responsibility of naming Rangel’s replacement rather than the Commie Speaker of the House?
Dems take leave of absences and Republicans resign. Nothing new in DC land
Rangel is too black to drum out!! Ha Ha
I wouldn't bet that Fortney Pete Stark will willingly give up the gavel when Oily Charley returns.
Probably worth laying in a cup of popcorn.
Stark v. the Congressional Black Caucus?
CBC in round two.