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Rep. Towns declines committee leadership spot

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Outgoing House Oversight Committee Chairman Edolphus Towns doesn’t want to serve as the panel’s top Democrat when Republicans take control of the House next month, said his office Tuesday.

“After much thought, Chairman Towns today made the decision not to seek the ranking member position on the Oversight and Government Reform Committee,” said a statement released by a spokesman of the New York Democrat.

Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney, a New York Democrat who is next in line to be ranking member, said Tuesday she will seek the post.

“I have a strong record of digging deep into the issues, asking tough questions, and fighting back,” said Maloney in a letter to her party’s leaders.

The panel’s incoming chairman is Rep. Darrell Issa, California Republican.

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