Hoyer makes minority whip bid official

Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) made his bid for minority whip official by following the example of Speaker Nancy Pelosi: announcing it via Twitter.

“I am running for Democratic Whip in order to defend Dem accomplishments, unify our Caucus & begin the hard work of winning back the majority,” Hoyer tweeted Monday afternoon.

The Maryland Democrat announced Friday he was “exploring" a bid, but despite the fact that his office spent the weekend touting endorsements, he did not formally declare his candidacy for the No. 2 post until Monday. He faces the current majority whip, Rep. James Clyburn (D-S.C.), who announced Friday he was seeking to keep his job.

The timing of Hoyer’s announcement is significant because it comes as party leaders are said to be trying to broker a deal that would keep both Hoyer and Clyburn in the House Democratic leadership. The most frequently mentioned proposal, backed by Hoyer’s camp, would have the current leaders each bump down one slot in the minority. Speaker Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) would become minority leader, Hoyer would be the whip, and Clyburn would be caucus chairman. The current chairman, Rep. John Larson (Conn.), would move to vice chairman.