There was obviously more going on behind the scenes that the powers that be are telling us. But whatever specific incident or event provoked the resignation, Alcee Hastings’ removal from a House role featuring this kind of responsibility is a very positive development.
Democrat Alcee L. Hastings of Florida abruptly resigned from the House Intelligence Committee Tuesday, citing increased activities as chairman of the U.S. Helsinki Commission and his work on the Rules Committee.
â€œNow, I will devote even more time to my continued work for the people of my congressional district by ratcheting up my work as chairman of the U.S. Helsinki Commission, as a senior member of the House Rules Committee, and as co-chairman of Floridaâ€™s congressional delegation,â€ Hastings said in a statement released by his office. …
Hastings denied that his decision was related to being passed over for the chairmanship of the full Intelligence Committee in favor of Silvestre Reyes of Texas. Reyes was hand-picked to lead the panel by Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California in January.
â€œHeâ€™s chosen to put a greater emphasis on other parts of his legislative portfolio,â€ spokesman David Goldenberg said.
Itâ€™s no secret, though, that Hastings has been brooding for some time over the move. In an interview with Congressional Quarterly in April, Hastings expressed some anger at â€œDemocrats in high placesâ€ who made an issue â€” during his bid for the chairmanship â€” of the fact that he was impeached and removed from office as a federal judge in 1989 on corruption and perjury charges.