Lots going on this morning, it appears. Here's your wrap-up:
Democrat Charlie Rangel, the powerful Congressman who was chairman of the Ways and Means Committee before he was forced to step down in a cloud of scandal relating to his handling of personal investments, rent payments and other no-nos, will be tried by the House Ethics Committee. Locally, Rangel is chiefly noted as one of 10th Congressional District Dan Seals' main patrons, before Rangel got so radioactive even Seals was forced to disgorge (some) campaign donations, after months of resisting calls to do so.
In the U.S. Senate Race, it looks like we might have a special election after all, at least to fill a parltry few months of the time that would remain before the winner of the general election between Mark Kirk and Alexi Giannoulias is known. If only this had been done last year, there could have been a whole lot less trouble for folks like Blagojevich, but then, we wouldn't have the benefit of Roland Burris as our U.S. Senator, and I know we're all so proud of that.
Will Alexi run in the special election? Will there be a primary? Will Roland Burris make good on his promise (threat?) to run in a special election? What about Kirk? This could be a real interesting twist to an already nail-biting U.S. Senate race as we get closer to the fall.
I got an e-mail from the Kirk for Senate campaign this morning indicating that Kirk has declared he would have supported the nomination of Elena Kagan to the U.S. Supreme Court. She's going to be confirmed no matter what, but this move will likely annoy conservatives while bolstering Kirk's independent credentials.
Finally, someone sent me a Tweet from the Dan Seals campaign crowing that he was headed to Las Vegas to attend the ultra-liberal Netroots (Nutroots) Convention, formerly the Daily Kos convention, or whatever they called it. That's swell, Dan. We knew you were a far-lefty, but now everyone else knows it too. I'd love to be a fly on the wall to hear Dan pander to the ultra-left when he's far from home in the much more centrist 10th District. I really wonder why he's going at all, except to try to pick up national money. He'd better be careful in this day of constant vigilance on candidates, since he never knows when a juicy progressive statement might come back to haunt him.