Marginal Footnotes

Jefferson Ouster from Ways & Means Imminent
June 8, 2006, 3:43 pm
Filed under: Elections, Midterm Elections, Politics, Uncategorized

That's according to Paul Kiel at TPM Muckracker and a new article out by Roll Call (subs required).  Apparently late Wednesday night the Democratic Steering and Policy Committee had a meeting, attended by Rep. Jefferson, where it was decided that he should resign his seat on the powerful Ways and Means Committee, as demanded two weeks ago by Nancy Pelosi.  I posted about this issue then, and noted that this was likely to damage further Pelosi's already tense relationship with the Congressional Black Caucus, which is supporting Jefferson, at least until he is indicted (which is pretty much inevitable).  This kind of in-fighting is precisely the last thing Democrats need in the months preceding the midterm elections.  Pelosi needs to find some way of squelching vocal, public dissent on the matter (probably impossible) in order to demonstrate her leadership, mitigate Republican counter-attacks on the ethics question, and make it known that Democrats can be big kids, too.


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