Hoyer, Clyburn compete for House leadership post

November 7, 2010

clyburn_stenyU.S. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer will win his bid to remain in party leadership in the soon-to-be Republican-led chamber, a source close to Hoyer said on Sunday.

“We’re going to win,” the source said.

But a spokeswoman for the current House Democratic Whip James Clyburn, who’s trying to fend off a Hoyer challenge, fired back: “We dispute that.” She voiced confidence in Clyburn’s candidacy, saying he has broad support in the Democratic caucus.

With Democratic Speaker Nancy Pelosi running to be minority leader when the new House convenes in January, Hoyer and Clyburn — her two top lieutenants — are seeking the No. 2 job.

Hoyer and Clyburn are lining up support from fellow House Democrats, who are to votes in leadership elections when Congress returns for a lame-duck session.

Two leadership aides said they did not know who would prevail. But they said they expected the race to be effectively decided within the next 48 hours or so.

Clyburn, appearing on Sunday on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” sounded as if some sort of arrangement might be reached that would leave both of them in leadership.

“We’ll get all this worked out in the coming days,” Clyburn said. “And I suspect that it will be resolved in such a way that our caucus will be very satisfied with the leadership team going forward,” he added.

Newly elected House Democrats are expected to cast their secret ballots in party leadership races during the week of November 14.

Pelosi has not endorsed either Clyburn or Hoyer, an aide said. She is focused instead on being elected minority leader. So far, she’s unopposed.

(Updated with vote expected next week; Pelosi not taking sides)

Photo Credit: Reuters/Yuri Gripas (House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-SC) (L) with House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD)


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I am happy to see more and more Congressmen (including the Progressives!) line up behind Steny Hoyer. It is a true testament to his leadership abilities and talent for uniting the caucus. Throughout his tenure he has earned the trust and respect of his colleagues. Democrats cannot afford to lose Steny’s voice in leadership if we wish to regain the majority.

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Same old, same old. How about leaders with a vision that at least acknowledges the tsunami of worry about massive government and deficit growth. They just don’t get it.

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