Justice Delayed

Posted October 2, 2007 at 6:42pm

Rep. Bob Filner (D-Calif.) will appear in Loudoun General District Court on Dec. 4 to face a misdemeanor assault charge after his Tuesday court date was postponed. [IMGCAP(1)]

Filner faces up to 12 months in jail and/or a $2,500 fine after allegedly attempting to enter a restricted area at the Dulles International Airport on Aug. 19 and pushing aside an employee’s outstretched arm.

Filner has said he was tired and frustrated over delayed baggage but denies pushing anyone. The House ethics committee has created an investigative subcommittee to look into the incident, though that panel will wait to move forward until after Filer’s court case is resolved.

Making Bank. Freshman Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) has been named to the House Financial Services Committee roster, filling the vacancy created by the death of Rep. Paul Gillmor (R-Ohio).

McCarthy joins two other first-term Republicans on the exclusive panel. The assignment forces him to resign his seats on Agriculture and on National Resources, but he will keep his seat on the House Administration panel.

McCarthy is the freshman class representative on the Republican Steering Committee, a post that traditionally yields its holder good panel assignments.

Compliance Issues. A bill allowing the promotion of Office of Compliance employees to the agency’s executive positions passed the House Tuesday, bringing acting Executive Director Tamara Chrisler one step closer to officially taking the agency’s top position.

House Administration Chairman Robert Brady (D-Pa.) introduced the bill to fix a provision in the Congressional Accountability Act that prohibits former (and current) OOC employees from moving up to the four executive positions. The bill also extends the term limit for those positions from one five-year period to two.

The OOC board of directors decided to pursue the legislative fix after launching a nationwide search for the executive director position, only to determine that Chrisler was the best choice. But Chrisler was the OOC deputy executive director for the Senate, meaning the CAA prohibits her from taking the top spot. For more than a year, she has been acting executive director, waiting for a bill like Brady’s to pass.

— Emily Yehle and Lauren W. Whittington