Pelosi backs Clyburn for new No. 3 post
Outgoing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) says she intends to back
Democratic Whip Rep. Jim Clyburn (S.C.) for a new third-ranking
leadership post next week.
In a statement released late Friday night, Pelosi signaled an end to
the ongoing battle between Clyburn and Democratic Leader Steny Hoyer
(Md.) to be the next House Minority Whip — the second-ranking
leadership position in the minority.
“Should I receive the honor of serving as House Democratic Leader, I
will nominate Congressman Jim Clyburn of South Carolina to the number
three leadership position,” Pelosi said in a statement sent to
reporters at 11:01pm.
According to a leadership aide, the No. 3 position will be a new post with portfolio and title to be determined.
Under this arrangement, Hoyer will move to Minority Whip, Clyburn will
take on the new role and current Democratic Caucus Chairman John Larson
will likely remain in that role.
The announcement caps a week-long race between Hoyer and Clyburn, who were both competing to be the Minority Whip.
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