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November 28, 2006

Could Dicks be House Intelligence chairman?

Posted by David Postman at 2:44 PM

That's at least more possible than it was before Nancy Pelosi told Florida Rep. Alcee Hastings he wouldn't get the post.

Hastings, in an interview with The Palm Beach Post, said Pelosi did not indicate who she would select to head the sensitive panel, which oversees the nation's intelligence community.

The Washington Post says:

Among those seen as potential picks for the committee chairmanship by Pelosi are: Democratic Reps. Silvestre Reyes of Texas and Rush Holt of New Jersey, both members of the Intelligence Committee, and Norman Dicks of Washington state, who serves on the House Homeland Security Committee.

Who knows how much of it is an echo chamber, but Dicks' name is in nearly all the stories moving this afternoon about the intelligence panel.

Said Hastings in a statement:

Sorry, haters, God is not finished with me yet.

In case you're not familiar with Hastings, here's the AP's summary of what prevented him from heading the intelligence committee:

Hastings, who came to Congress in 1992, was charged in an FBI bribery sting but acquitted by a federal jury in 1983. Some judicial colleagues said Hastings fabricated his defense, and their allegations led to his impeachment by the U.S. House in 1988. He was removed from the bench by the Senate the following year.

In 1997, the Justice Department found an agent had falsely testified against Hastings, but no action was taken to reopen his case.

Wednesday update: Dicks is not trying to get the Intelligence job, says the AP.

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