By Julian Pecquet - 11/16/12 08:03 PM EST
Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Calif.) on Friday abandoned his bid to become the top Democrat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, all but ensuring Rep. Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.) will get the job.
“Yesterday, Congressman Engel announced that he had the support of the majority of the Democratic members on the Foreign Affairs Committee,” Sherman said.
American Samoa Del. Eni Faleomavaega is also running and has the most seniority. But he cannot vote on the House floor and has virtually no chance of being selected.
“I have great respect for Eni Faleomavaega and his many years of outstanding contribution to the committee,” Sherman said. “However, I have decided to support Eliot Engel, and I believe that Eliot will do an outstanding job as ranking member.”