It may not be the kind of committee spot that oversees a key part of the state -- and nation's -- economy, but incoming freshman Mike Kelly has secured a spot that should attract a lot of TV cameras next year.
Kelly, the Butler car dealer who beat out Kathy Dahlkemper in Pa's 3rd congressional district election, has been tapped for the Oversight and Government Reform Committee -- that's the one to be chaired by attack dog Darrell Issa, who has announced he wants to hold more than 250 hearings next year on the Obama admistration's handling of the stimulus, health care reform and other headline-grabbing matters. Being low on the totem pole, Kelly won't be guaranteed much facetime, but in a statement released by his office he said he "could not be more thrilled" with the appointment.
"The Oversight & Government Reform Committee is tasked with offering real government reform measures and providing oversight over the entire executive branch. The American people sent a clear message on November 2nd that they wanted their government to be held more accountable and under Chairman Issa's leadership, that is exactly what this committee intends to do during this next Congress," he stated.
Kelly is also being appointed to the education and labor committee.