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Hoyer and Clyburn Face Off in Battle for Minority Whip

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., officially announced Monday evening that he is running for minority whip in the Democratic leadership elections next week, creating an uncomfortable showdown between the House’s second-and third-ranking Democratic leaders for the party’s second-ranking post in the minority for the next session of Congress. 

“Over the past several days, I have talked to most of my Democratic colleagues in the House. I have received support from across the breadth of our Caucus to remain in the second-ranking position of our Democratic leadership team. In order to defend and build on our Democratic accomplishments, unify our Caucus, and immediately begin the hard work of winning back the majority, I will be running for Democratic Whip,” Hoyer announced Monday evening. 

Hoyer, the second-ranking leader in the Democratic majority, is running against the current third-ranking House Democrat, Majority Whip James Clyburn, D- S.C. 

As a result of losing the House majority in the congressional midterm elections last week, Democrats also lost a leadership position. Conventional wisdom among Democratic aides suggested that in the minority each Democrat would simply slide down one slot below their current posts. However, after Speaker Nancy Pelosi revealed last Friday that she is running for House minority leader, Clyburn surprised some in the Democratic caucus by quickly announcing that he was running for minority whip – a move that would essentially jump Hoyer in the House Democratic leadership ranks.

Hoyer and Clyburn each worked throughout the weekend to drum up support for the post, while it is believed that the Speaker is quietly working behind the scenes to broker a deal to keep both members in the leadership.  An aide from the Speaker’s office told ABC News that Speaker Pelosi is unlikely to formally endorse either member because "she's focused on her race" for minority leader. 

While announcing he would run for minority whip Monday evening, Hoyer ticked off a number of issues he believes Democrats should focus on while they are in the minority next Congress. 

“Together, Democrats must work to create jobs and rebuild American manufacturing, preserve our fiscal future, and hold Republicans accountable for any policies that favor the special interests over middle-class Americans,” Hoyer said in a statement Monday evening. “As Democratic Whip, I will work with and listen to all of our Caucus’s Members in our shared effort to achieve those goals.” 

House Democrats will most likely hold their leadership elections next Wednesday, Nov. 17, during new member orientation week and as lawmakers return to Washington to begin a lame-duck session of Congress.

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Democrats Scuffle in Leadership Shuffle

Photo Courtesy - Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images(Washington) --  It’s war between Democratic congressional leaders Steny Hoyer of Maryland and James Clyburn of South Carolina, who spent the weekend trying to shore up support to become the next House Minority Whip. Both sides have been working the phones, getting commitments of support from members.

With more endorsements in the bag, Hoyer appears to be winning the fight.  Clyburn acknowledged as much in a television interview Monday morning. “I probably am the underdog in this race,” Clyburn said on MSNBC’s Morning Joe. “I've been here 18 years. Steny's been here 30 years. He has his friends. I have mine.” On Sunday afternoon, Team Hoyer released a letter of support signed by 30 House Democrats, including Representatives Linda Sanchez of California, Jim Moran of Virginia, Jason Altmire of Pennsylvania, John Dingell of Michigan, Jerrold Nadler of New York and others.

Despite all of the posturing, Clyburn predicted that the two senior Democrats would still be “friends” once the leadership fracas is over. 

The dust, meantime, has yet to settle over Nancy Pelosi’s announcement she wants to remain the top Democrat in the House, seeking the minority leader’s post after the California Congresswoman’s term as House Speaker effectually ended in last Tuesday’s election losses, which the president referred to as a “shellacking.” 

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