Larson introduces caucus campaign team

Rep. John Larson (Conn.) has enlisted two prominent House leaders, Reps. Rosa DeLauro (Conn.) and John Murtha (Pa.), to head his campaign to be vice chairman of the House Democratic caucus.

The two co-chairman will be joined by Rep. Michael Capuano (Mass.), who will serve as the campaign's whip.

Murtha, one of the caucus's most prominent hawks, was an early and ardent support of Howard Dean's bid to be chairman of the Democratic National Committee and is expected to attract centrist lawmakers. As co-chairwoman of the Steering and Policy Committee, DeLauro has been instrumental in the committee-assignment process, making her one of the most powerful Democrats in the House. She is also close to Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).

Larson used the announcement of his campaign team to formalize his entry into a race that could drag on for two years. The slot will be opened by the expected ascension of current vice chairman, Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.) to the chairman's position, currently held by Rep. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.). Menendez is term-limited, but there is a chance he may be appointed to a Senate seat after next January.

"I am honored that Rosa DeLauro, Jack Murtha, and Mike Capuano have offered to lend their leadership and support to my campaign," Larson said in a statement yesterday.

Larson joined Rep. Joe Crowley (D-N.Y.) in unveiling his campaign team. The other two candidates, Reps. Rub