If the old Ways and Means chairman was crooked, the new one is crazy 

Rep. Pete Stark, D-Calif., is taking over for Rep. Chairman Charlie Rangel, D-N.Y., as the latter eases into a questionably voluntary leave of absence from the chair of the House Ways and Means Committee under a cloud of multiple scandals.

What sort of chairman will Stark be? Try extremely thin-skinned and...to edit myself for charity, "volatile."

That is not intended to be a slur -- it's just true. Don't take my word for it. Here's a video of Stark telling a constituent...well, you have to hear it for yourself, you really won't believe it if I write it out:

In 2005, Stark shouted down former Rep. Scott McInnis, R-Colo., in a committee hearing, calling him a "fruitcake" over and over again. As The Hill recounts it, he was trying to start a fight with him.

Examiner columnist Michelle Malkin writes on her blog:

He has called a Republican opponent a “c**ksucker”, left a profanity-laced message on a constituent’s voicemail, and suggested on the floor of the House that Republicans are sending men and women to Iraq “to get their heads blown off for the president’s amusement.”

Anyway, those are just a few stories about the new guy in charge of writing the nation's tax laws. At least there's no indication (so far) that he's a tax-dodger.

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David Freddoso

David Freddoso came to the Washington Examiner in June 2009, after serving for nearly two years as a Capitol Hill-based staff reporter for National Review Online. Before writing his New York Times bestselling book, The Case Against Barack Obama, he spent three years assisting Robert Novak, the legendary Washington... more
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