Upton Wins Chair of Energy and Commerce Panel; Barton Concedes
"Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas) on Tuesday signaled that he will not mount a challenge to the House GOP Steering Committee’s selection of Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.) as chairman of the powerful House Energy and Commerce Committee next year.
Barton, under the GOP’s procedures, could have sought a GOP conference vote on the Steering Committee decision when House Republicans gather Wednesday to ratify the Steering panel’s selections for committee leadership slots.
But Barton – who is the energy panel’s senior Republican and former chairman – instead congratulated Upton after the tough and sometimes bitter campaign, all but ensuring Upton will lead the energy panel next year."Source: E2 Wire, 12/08/2010