Conaway for Reyes
[Midland GOP Congressman Mike] Conaway hopes the Blue Dogs will join Republicans to oppose the stated intention of new House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of San Francisco to nominate Florida Rep. Alcee Hastings to the House Select Committee on Intelligence chairmanship.I'm pretty sure it's Harman, but I'm a pedant sometimes.
He said he will fight the appointment because Hastings was impeached in the House and removed by the Senate from his south Florida federal judgeship in 1989 for taking a $150,000 bribe in return for leniently sentencing and returning the assets of Thomas and Frank Romano, who had been indicted for 21 counts of racketeering.
Conaway much prefers Rep. Silvestre Reyes of El Paso, or Rep. Jane Harmon of California for the sensitive intelligence post. "We believe Texans can do things better than anyone else and I would like to see Silvestre in there," he said.
I thought it was interesting that a Republican was commenting, since he doesn't have a vote. Attacking Pelosi for nominating an impeached former federal judge is one thing that might score points, but expressing an affirmative preference? Might hurt Reyes's chances slightly, if it has any effect at all.
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