by John Hawkins | November 28, 2006 7:31 pm
Reading the writing on the wall and the gathering backlash, San Fran Nan denies Hastings his shot at Chairing the House Intelligence Committee:
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Democratic Rep. Alcee Hastings of Florida, impeached as a federal judge in 1989 on corruption charges, dropped his bid under pressure on Tuesday to chair a congressional panel designed to help protect America’s security, a party aide said.
Hastings took the action after being told by Rep. Nancy Pelosi, in line to head the U.S. House of Representatives when the new Congress convenes in January, that she would not give him the coveted job, the aide said.
As House speaker, Pelosi decides who in her party serves on the committee that helps oversee federal efforts to protect the United States.
Last week, Hastings made a public plea for the post, arguing that despite being removed by Congress as a federal judge, he did nothing wrong and was cleared by a court of the corruption charges.
But Pelosi decided against picking Hastings for the chairmanship and told him at a private meeting. She has not yet decided who she will name instead, the aide said.
Hastings, a popular politician in Florida, was elected without opposition on November 7 to an eighth term in Congress.
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