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Which lucky Republican will get to lord over the District as chairman of the House Government Oversight and Reform subcommittee that watches over our fair city won’t be determined for a few more weeks—and in fact, neither will the name and structure of the subcommittee.
A spokesman for Rep. Darrell Issa, the incoming chairman of the House Government Oversight and Reform Committee, tells LL that Issa is reconfiguring the subcommittees—and still deciding who will chair those subcommittees—and likely won’t be finished working out the details for “a few weeks.” There are currently five subcommittees, but by the time Issa’s done, there will be seven. That means the current subcommittee on Federal Workforce, Postal Service and District of Columbia won’t exist in the 112th Congress.
“The D.C. subcommittee, as its been known before, is not going to be what it is” in past congresses, says Kurt Bardella, Issa’s spokesman.
As for the possibility of a fresh-faced freshman being given the keys to the District, Bardella noted that 13 of the 16 new GOP members of the committee will be in their first terms next year. Mike DeBonis has some more on which Republicans likely won’t get the nod.
Meanwhile, Slate‘s Dave Weigel, who wrote the Washington City Paper cover story on Jason Chaffetz, the man everyone thought would take over the job, now has two strikes against him when it comes to picking the District’s next overlord. In any event, this we know: Our next GOP ruler won’t be Chaffetz or Brian Bilbray. But the next overlord’s name is somewhere on this page.