[Guest post by DRJ]
“Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Tuesday night told The Hill that Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) is still chairman of the Ways and Means Committee.
After huddling with Rangel for 45 minutes, Pelosi initially said, “No comment” when asked if Rangel remains panel chairman.
She later added, “I guess he is still chair of Ways and Means…”
Pelosi spoke to The Hill after Rangel denied reports he would leave his perch at the top of one of the House’s most powerful committees.
As he emerged from the meeting, Rangel was asked whether he is still chairman. His response: “You bet your sweet life!”
He then said Pelosi told him not to say “a damn thing” about the meeting.
When asked whether he would be chairman tomorrow or the next day, Rangel demurred.
“I’m 79 years old,” he said. “At that age, you can’t be sure about anything.”
And in what could be the final word, Hot Air says Rangel may be taking a leave of absence.