Thursday, November 27, 2008

Pelosi pressured to replace Rep. Rangel; GOP has not replaced Reps. Young or Lewis

Politico is reporting that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is facing growing pressure to replace Rep. Charles B. Rangel (D-N.Y.) atop of the powerful Ways and Means Committee. For now however, writers John Bresnahan & Patrick O'Connor conclude:

    Pelosi also has breathing room within her own caucus. Republicans tried to turn Rangel into a campaign issue during the recent elections, calling on Democratic challengers and incumbents to return the hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign contributions that Rangel has handed out in recent years, but Democrats largely ignored this effort.

    Democrats have countered Republican attacks on Rangel by pointing out that Boehner has not ousted Reps. Don Young (R-Alaska) and Jerry Lewis (R-Calif.) from high-ranking committee posts despite ethics allegations and FBI investigations of both men...
Is it a coincidence or not that a team of Detroit casino syndicators lead by Marian Ilitch and Michael J. Malik, Sr., happens to have questionable lobbying and campaign contribution ties to Reps. Rangel, Young and Lewis. The Ilitch/Malik team has contributed at least $89,000 to political committees controlled directly by those three members of congress.

Various Ilitch/Malik affiliates and partners (Bay Mills Indian Community, MJM Enterprises, Blue Water Resorts, etc.) have a hired lobbyists (Alan Wheat, Wheat Government Relations; Richard Alcalde and Daniel Feliz, Potomact Partners DC; Richard Kessler and Billy Lee Evans, Kessler & Assoc.; Barbara Bonfiglio, Williams & Jensen) who have been at the center of controversy and investgations involving the three Congressmen referenced above.

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