Waxman Moves Closer to Unseating Dingell

Just how much change will the House accept?

The Wall Street Journal reports that Henry Waxman (D-Calif.), who reps the entertainment heavy Westside of Los Angeles, was the preferred choice today of a House panel to unseat John Dingell (D-Mich.) as chairman of the powerful Energy and Commerce Committee. Dingell still got enough votes to force a decision of all House Democrats on Thursday.

Waxman is regarded as decidedly more liberal than Dingell, who been in Congress since 1955, has come under criticism for his ties to the auto industry, even if his environmental . Last week, New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman wrote that Dingell is “more responsible for protecting Detroit to death than any single legislator.”

The committee also has jurisdiction over energy and telecommunications, among other areas. If Waxman wins the chairmanship, it will be interesting to see how he casts his no-holds-barred approach as issues arise involving the entertainment industry.

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