A Swap?

Apparently there’s some thought that Reps. Boucher and Markey might switch subcommittees on the new Energy and Commerce Committee, with Boucher giving up his control of the Energy and Air Quality Subcommittee:

But Boucher said in an interview Tuesday that he expects Edward J. Markey of Massachusetts, No. 3 among committee Democrats in seniority, to bid for the subcommittee chairmanship. Boucher said he would “respect that decision” and stake his own claim for chairmanship of Markey’s Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet.

“I’m awaiting his decision,” Boucher said. Markey has not yet made up his mind, a spokesman said.

Boucher’s a coal guy from West Virginia, but he’s solid on internet stuff, so I think this switch would be a win-win. It would also make sense for Boucher since in light of the results of the Waxman-Dingell fight, the political winds are clearly blowing in a not-so-Boucher direction on climate and energy within the House Democratic caucus at least.