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January 16, 2013 1:34 am

Ted Deutch Secures Top Democratic Spot on Middle East Panel

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Rollcall – In a last-minute coup, Ted Deutch nabbed the ranking member slot on the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa, a post that Brad Sherman had expected to win.

Sherman, D-Calif., stepped aside Tuesday after it became apparent he did not have the votes to defeat Deutch, a replay of his decision not to challenge Rep. Eliot L. Engel, D-N.Y., for the top Democratic spot of the full committee despite having more committee seniority. Sherman’s double defeat appears to be payback for his bruising victory over fellow Democrat and former committee ranking member Howard L. Berman for a redistricted seat in Southern California in November. Most of California’s House Democrats endorsed Berman.

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