On the Hill (McClintock v Brown, Bush Florida Candidacy, Rangel and Pelosi)

Daily look at the Hill and what the Congress folk are up to. Brown concedes to McClintock, Jeb Bush for Senate in Florida, Rangel talking too much about Pelosi support.

Brown concedes to McClintock

The Hill.com-Republican Tom McClintock is headed for Congress after Democratic opponent Charlie Brown conceded the drawn-out California contest Wednesday.
Brown’s campaign said its candidate has called McClintock to congratulate him. The loss means Democrats will not add a seat to their 21-seat gain from Election Day. Races remain to be decided in Louisiana and Ohio.
In a letter to supporters, Brown said he was satisfied that their close election was conducted and counted fairly. read more...

This is hardly a fly in the ointment as far as the Democrats in Congress are concerned. The landscape of the House is: Democrats 256 seats with the Republicans 175 seats.

Bush Florida candidacy would thin field

The Hill.com-The potential Senate candidacy of Jeb Bush is clearing the decks of Democratic and Republican challengers in the Sunshine State — as intended.

Politicians from both sides of the aisle said the former governor of Florida and brother of President Bush is popular enough to scare away Republican and Democratic challengers before many really consider a bid for the seat being vacated by the retiring Sen. Mel Martinez (R).

“It has Jeb’s name on it,” said Bob Butterworth, the state’s former Democratic four-term attorney general and secretary of the Department of Children and Families. “He has the potential to scare away people on both sides of the aisle.” read more...
Jed Bush is admittedly very popular in Florida and would more than likely secure Matinez's Senate seat. However, if this is a launching point for him to move further politically, his namesake would probably hinder him. I think it is safe to assume most Americans do not want another family political dynasty either.

Accounts from private Rangel-Pelosi discussion vary

The Hill.com-A House leadership aide on Wednesday said Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) “went too far” in characterizing comments Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) made about Rangel’s ability to remain chairman of the Ways and Means Committee.

Rangel on Tuesday boasted to reporters that Pelosi had pledged to support him as chairman despite an ongoing ethics probe and various media articles that have negatively portrayed the New York lawmaker.

“She told me I am her chairman of the Ways and Means Committee as long as I want to be,” he said at a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a Harlem school, according to a report in the New York Post. read more...
I truly hope that Pelosi doesn't think that Americans buy her sickly attempt at appearing objective. Rangel needs to step down, he is under more investigations than Al Capone and all of this is tantamount to political cronyism. The very platform which Democrats have so vigorously campaigned against.

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