Oversight Committee Members Back Ed Towns

100503 towns ap 2181 Oversight Committee Members Back Ed TownsEd Towns’ congressional office sent out a letter today showing that the Brooklyn congressman has received the support of the majority of members of the House Oversight and Government Reform committee, which should allow him to remain the committee’s ranking member.

Towns led the committee when the Democrats were in the majority, but he is now receiving a challenge from Ohio congressman and ex-presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich, who has argued that Towns is insufficiently aggressive to battle the incoming chairman, Republican Darrell Issa. The California congressman has promised to pursue hundreds of hearings and investigations focused on the Obama administration.

Write the Democratic committee members:

As many of us know, being in the minority will bring some unpleasant changes.  We will need determined leadership to battle any partisan attack on the Administration.  Ed Towns will provide that leadership and we ask you to join us in supporting him as the Ranking Member of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform in the 112th Congress.

Despite the show of support, it is worth noting that 10 Democrats on the committee declined to sign the letter. Towns has also received support from the New York congressional delegation and the Congressional Black Caucus.