Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Pelosi passes Hastings for Intel chair

From Yahoo News:
WASHINGTON - In a decision that could roil Democratic unity in the new House, Speaker-to-be Nancy Pelosi passed over Rep. Alcee Hastings (news, bio, voting record) Tuesday for the chairmanship of the Intelligence Committee.

Critics pointed out that he had been impeached when he was a federal judge and said naming him to such a sensitive post would be a mistake just as the Democrats take over House control pledging reforms.

"I am obviously disappointed with this decision," Hastings, D-Fla., said in a statement thanking his supporters. "I will be seeking better and bigger opportunities in a Democratic Congress."

He learned his bid for the chairmanship was unsuccessful during a closed-door meeting with Pelosi on Tuesday.

In a statement, Pelosi, D-Calif., said Hastings has made national security his highest priority. "He has served our country well, and I have full confidence that he will continue to do so," she said.

In a sign of the bitterness that has surrounded the debate, Hastings closed his statement by saying: "Sorry, haters, God is not finished with me yet."
Wait a minute. He actually used the word "haters" in a formal statement? I think this shows exactly why passing him by was a great idea. Sheesh.



Lt. Cmdr Oneida said...

Yeah, I got a good laugh out of that during my drive home today. And honestly, the entire last line makes me think passing on his was prudent. For a guy who wants to be on the intelligence committee, it's not the best statement to make.

And really, who uses the word 'haters' in public like that besides Lindsay Lohan and Kevin Federline? Not what I want to hear from a member of the House of Representitives.

Michelle Pessoa said...

A 70-year-old man should be cautious about using slang. I mean, I'm 40 and I'm pushing it if I say "haters." ;)

A Army Of (Cl)One said...

Y'all just being Haters on the poor man. Sure he has ethical problems up the ying-yang and tires to pull a Dick Nixon, but that is no reason to mess up a play'r game.