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Weiner's loss is Kathy Castor's gain



castor.jpgRep. Kathy Castor, D-Tampa, is in line to take a seat on the Energy & Commerce Committee, now that fellow Democrat Anthony Weiner has resigned in a sexting scandal.

By seniority, Castor is next in line for the seat, and she served on E&C last during the last Congress when the health care debate was in full stride. She was bumped when Republicans took over the House.

The move is expected to be approved by the House Steering and Policy Committee.

"The state of Florida is a dynamic state at the forefront of the committee’s key issues: Medicare, environment, travel, tourism and interstate commerce,” Castor said. “I will fight for jobs in these industries to put Florida’s economy back on track.”

Castor was the first Democrat from Florida to call for Weiner's resignation.

[Last modified: Thursday, June 16, 2011 4:34pm]


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