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Posted at 10:05 AM ET, 11/17/2010

Kucinich challenges Towns for top Gov. Reform panel slot

By Ben Pershing

Rep. Dennis Kucinich (Ohio) announced Wednesday that he would challenge Rep. Edolphus Towns (N.Y.) for the top Democratic slot on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, setting up competition for the role of chief defender of the Obama administration and chief protector of the federal workforce in the 112th Congress.

Dennis Kucinich
Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio)

Towns is currently the chairman of the panel and is planning to slide over to become the ranking member when Republicans take control in January. But some Democrats worry that the New Yorker won't provide an effective counterpunch to Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), who will take over as committee chairman. Issa is energetic and media-savvy, and widely expected to launch multiple probes of the Obama administration -- as the OGR committee traditionally does when the House and the White House are controlled by different parties.

Towns' office had not responded to a request for comment as of this posting. An Issa spokesman declined to comment.

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By Ben Pershing  | November 17, 2010; 10:05 AM ET
Categories:  Congress, Oversight  
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