Clark rolls out endorsements in assistant Speaker race

Clark rolls out endorsements in assistant Speaker race
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Rep. Katherine ClarkKatherine Marlea ClarkPelosi signals no further action against Omar Progressives rally behind Omar while accusing her critics of bias Pelosi, leaders seek to squelch Omar controversy with rare joint statement MORE (D-Mass.) on Tuesday officially threw her hat in the ring in the race for assistant Speaker, rolling out a series of key endorsements aimed at showing momentum in the now three-way competition.

Clark, who as vice chair of the Democratic Caucus is the second-highest woman on the leadership team, is facing Rep. David CicillineDavid CicillineLobbying world Progressive fighting turns personal on internal call over antitrust bills Top Democrat leads bipartisan trip to Middle East MORE (D-R.I.), who leads Democrats’ messaging arm, and Rep. Tony CardenasAntonio (Tony) CardenasMORE (D-Calif.), who runs the Congressional Hispanic Caucus’s political operation.

Clark’s top endorsement from Rep. Mark PocanMark William PocanOvernight Defense: 6B Pentagon spending bill advances | Navy secretary nominee glides through hearing | Obstacles mount in Capitol security funding fight House panel advances 6B Pentagon bill on party-line vote Democratic tensions simmer in House between left, center MORE (D-Wis.) — one of two co-chairs of the influential Congressional Progressive Caucus and a co-chair of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus — was a not-so-veiled shot at Cicilline. Cicilline is a vice chair of the Progressive Caucus and also serves alongside Pocan as a co-chair of the LGBT group; both Cicilline and Pocan are openly gay.

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“I am glad to support Congresswoman Katherine Clark because she always puts the needs of our Democratic Caucus members first in mind,” Pocan said in a statement. “Congress serves the people and Katherine has exemplified that service in her over seven years championing populist people-first legislation in the House."

“We need someone with her vision and commitment to bold solutions sitting at the leadership table,” he said.

Clark also rolled out support from Rep. Derek KilmerDerek Christian KilmerThe tale of the last bipartisan unicorns Head of House Office of Diversity and Inclusion urges more staff diversity House lawmakers roll out bill to invest 0 million in state and local cybersecurity MORE (D-Wash.), chairman of the pro-business New Democrat Coalition; Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.), a former Congressional Black Caucus chairman; and Rep. Grace MengGrace MengHouse Democrats include immigration priorities as they forward DHS funding bill Here's what Congress is reading at the beach this summer House sends anti-Asian hate bill to Biden's desk MORE (D-N.Y.), a Democratic National Committee official and leading Asian American lawmaker; as well as Rep. Ann KusterAnn McLane KusterTech industry pushes for delay in antitrust legislation Man charged in Capitol riot says he's running for Congress The Hill's 12:30 Report: Sights and sounds from Inauguration Day MORE (D-N.H.), Rep. Paul TonkoPaul David TonkoOVERNIGHT ENERGY: Biden suspends Arctic oil leases issued under Trump |  Experts warn US needs to better prepare for hurricane season | Progressives set sights on Civilian Climate Corps House GOP campaign arm adds to target list Unleashing an American-led clean energy economy to reach net-zero emissions MORE (D.N.Y.) and first-term Rep. Mary Gay ScanlonMary Gay ScanlonHouse unveils antitrust package to rein in tech giants House Democrats to Schumer: Vote again on Jan. 6 probe Democrats introduce bill seeking to protect voting rights of people in subsidized housing MORE (D-Pa.).

Because the Big Three leaders — Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiMcCarthy: Pelosi appointing members of Jan. 6 panel who share 'pre-conceived narrative' Kinzinger denounces 'lies and conspiracy theories' while accepting spot on Jan. 6 panel Pelosi taps Kinzinger to serve on Jan. 6 panel MORE (D-Calif.), Majority Leader Steny HoyerSteny Hamilton HoyerHouse Democrats grow frustrated as they feel ignored by Senate Democrats warn leadership against excluding House from infrastructure talks Ethics panel upholds 0 mask fines against Greene, other GOP lawmakers MORE (D-Md.) and Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.) — are all expected to cruise to reelection and hang onto their jobs, the three-person race for assistant Speaker is shaping up to be the most high-profile Democratic leadership race this year. 

The position can be a launching pad to higher office. Current Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján, the first person to hold the newly created post, is poised to win a Senate seat in New Mexico this fall.

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With House lawmakers returning to Washington after their long summer recess, several other Democrats jumped into leadership races. 

Two freshmen, Rep. Colin Allred (D-Texas), a former NFL player and the first African American to hold his Dallas-area seat, and Rep. Jason CrowJason CrowOvernight Defense: Senate panel adds B to Biden's defense budget | House passes bill to streamline visa process for Afghans who helped US | Pentagon confirms 7 Colombians arrested in Haiti leader's killing had US training House passes bill to streamline visa process for Afghans who helped US Equilibrium/ Sustainability — Presented by NextEra Energy — West Coast wildfires drive East Coast air quality alerts MORE (D-Colo.), a decorated war veteran who served as one of seven prosecutors in President TrumpDonald TrumpRonny Jackson, former White House doctor, predicts Biden will resign McCarthy: Pelosi appointing members of Jan. 6 panel who share 'pre-conceived narrative' Kinzinger denounces 'lies and conspiracy theories' while accepting spot on Jan. 6 panel MORE’s Senate impeachment trial, told colleagues they are running for “Caucus Leadership Representative,” a position which represents the five most junior classes on the leadership team.  

A big question among House Democrats is whether Rep. Cheri BustosCheryl (Cheri) Lea BustosRockford mayor decides against 2022 run for Bustos's House seat Advocacy groups urge Pelosi, Schumer to keep Pentagon funding out of infrastructure bills Nearly 70 House lawmakers ask leadership to reimburse National Guard for Jan. 6 response MORE (D-Ill.) stays on as chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee for the 2022 cycle. She declined to say Tuesday when asked by The Hill about her future in leadership.

Standing in front of the Capitol, Bustos said she was “singularly focused” on helping reelect front-line Democrats on Nov. 3.