Bombshell: Waxman to take On Dingell

Roll Call just reported:

Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) plans to challenge Rep John Dingell (D-Mich.) for chairmanship of the influential Energy and Commerce Committee, senior Democratic sources confirmed Wednesday.

The move marks a major showdown between two Democratic powerhouses, with implications for a host of major legislation next year from health care to global warming to renewable energy. Waxman currently chairs the Oversight and Government Reform panel.

I don’t think the fox will give up his position guarding the henhouse very easily, though.

UPDATE: Wonk Room compares and contrasts Waxman and Dingell’s record on global warming.

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3 Responses to Bombshell: Waxman to take On Dingell

  1. Rick C says:

    Waxman has ususally been pretty good on the Government Reform Committee. I expect him to bring his considerable talents and his efforts towards his return to the Energy and Commerce Committee.

  2. Joe Galliani says:

    Dingell has NEVER been part of the solution but he is a big part of the problem.

    The US auto industry fell to pieces under his watch and he’s one of the reasons why. Instead of appeasing them and sucking at their contribution teats Dingell should have been standing up for the rest of us in the Untied States and holding that industry accountable for safety issues, for pollution damage and for fighting against consumer interest every single step of the way.

    The real proof of Dingell’s legacy is the state of what used to be called the Big 3 who today are more accurately known as the The 3 Stooges.

  3. hapa says:

    Or how about this: when the public sector, private sector, and individuals of your state are all beyond-the-curve insolvent, you can no longer be responsible for economic oversight. you ARE eligible to be their bankruptcy lawyer! but only in court.