In a last hurrah that has everyone snickering behind his back, Rep. Joseph Kennedy, D-Mass., plans to hold a hearing Nov. 29 into the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency's approval of Barnett Banks acquisition of the Florida branches of Glendale Federal Savings Bank.

Kennedy is holding the hearing despite the widespread view that his campaigns on behalf of consumers and fair lending were among the liberal concerns that were repudiated by the voters Nov. 8 through their election of a Republican-controlled Congress. In fact, one of the key reasons driving Republican restructuring of the House committee system is reducing the opportunities for a high profile that being a senior member of a subcommittee would provide Kennedy.

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