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Monday
Nov082010

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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Thursday
Nov042010

ABC News Exclusive: Nancy Pelosi Seriously Considers Staying as Democratic Leader

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- In the wake of an midterm election Republican resurgence President Obama called "a shellacking," outgoing Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., has been widely expected to step down as the Democratic leader and leave Congress.

However, high-level Democratic sources in the House tell ABC News Pelosi is seriously considering staying in Congress and running for the position of minority leader.

Pelosi is methodically calling every Democratic House member who won on Tuesday, as well as many who lost, sources tell ABC News. In the process, she is weighing her options and gauging her support.

Some of Pelosi's closest allies are encouraging her to stay and to lead the Democratic effort to win back their majority. Those encouraging her are arguing, in part, that she can unify the progressives in the caucus, and more importantly, that nobody in the House can raise money for the next campaign better than Pelosi.

Rep. Heath Shuler, D-N.C., a member of the conservative Democratic Blue Dog coalition, is urging Pelosi not to run and threatening to challenge her if she does. Another member of the Blue Dog coalition, Rep. Jim Matheson, D-Utah, told Politico that Pelosi should not stay on.

Pelosi told ABC News in an interview Wednesday that she would let the Democratic caucus decide who would represent them in the House.

"In our caucus, we always do things by consensus. And when we have that consensus, we'll have some announcement to make," Pelosi said.

"I'll have a conversation with my caucus, I'll have a conversation with my family and – pray over it, and decide how – to go forward. But today isn't that day. Today is the day to congratulate John Boehner and the Republicans, to speak and listen to my colleagues who are not coming back. To again, respect the wishes of the American people."

Pelosi added, "It's never been about me. It's about how our caucus goes forward to fight, continue our fight for the middle class."

Thursday, in an interview with The Huffington Post, Pelosi said she remains on the fence about her future.

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