Clark rolls out endorsements in assistant Speaker race

Clark rolls out endorsements in assistant Speaker race
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Rep. Katherine ClarkKatherine Marlea ClarkRep. Robin Kelly enters race for Democratic caucus vice chair Clark rolls out endorsements in assistant Speaker race Races heat up for House leadership posts 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 Nicola CicillineClark rolls out endorsements in assistant Speaker race Races heat up for House leadership posts The folly of Cicilline's 'Glass-Steagall for Tech' 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 PocanClark rolls out endorsements in assistant Speaker race Hillicon Valley: Pentagon reaffirms decision to award JEDI contract to Microsoft | Schiff asks officials for briefing on election security threats Democrats explore new ways to resurrect election security briefings 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 KilmerLawmakers fear voter backlash over failure to reach COVID-19 relief deal Clark rolls out endorsements in assistant Speaker race Pelosi digs in as pressure builds for COVID-19 deal 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 passes resolution condemning anti-Asian discrimination relating to coronavirus Clark rolls out endorsements in assistant Speaker race This week: House returns for pre-election sprint MORE (D-N.Y.), a Democratic National Committee official and leading Asian American lawmaker; as well as Rep. Ann KusterAnn McLane KusterPelosi seeks to put pressure on GOP in COVID-19 relief battle Clark rolls out endorsements in assistant Speaker race Pelosi: House will stay in session until agreement is reached on coronavirus relief MORE (D-N.H.), Rep. Paul TonkoPaul David TonkoClark rolls out endorsements in assistant Speaker race OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Supreme Court upholds permit for B pipeline under Appalachian Trail | Report finds NOAA 'Sharpiegate' statement 'not based on science' but political influence | EPA faces suit over plan to release genetically engineered mosquito Report finds NOAA 'sharpiegate' statement 'not based on science' but political influence MORE (D.N.Y.) and first-term Rep. Mary Gay ScanlonMary Gay ScanlonClark rolls out endorsements in assistant Speaker race Eyes turn to Ocasio-Cortez as she seeks to boost Biden What factors will shape Big Tech regulation? MORE (D-Pa.).

Because the Big Three leaders — Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiPelosi: Ginsburg successor must uphold commitment to 'equality, opportunity and justice for all' Bipartisan praise pours in after Ginsburg's death Pelosi orders Capitol flags at half-staff to honor Ginsburg MORE (D-Calif.), Majority Leader Steny HoyerSteny Hamilton HoyerHouse Democrats postpone vote on marijuana decriminalization bill Democrats scramble on COVID-19 relief amid division, Trump surprise The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by The Air Line Pilots Association - Pence lauds Harris as 'experienced debater'; Trump, Biden diverge over debate prep 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 CrowClark rolls out endorsements in assistant Speaker race Trump-Afghan deal passes key deadline, but peace elusive Cook shifts 20 House districts toward Democrats MORE (D-Colo.), a decorated war veteran who served as one of seven prosecutors in President TrumpDonald John TrumpObama calls on Senate not to fill Ginsburg's vacancy until after election Planned Parenthood: 'The fate of our rights' depends on Ginsburg replacement Progressive group to spend M in ad campaign on Supreme Court vacancy 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 BustosThe Hill's Campaign Report: Biden asks if public can trust vaccine from Trump ahead of Election Day | Oklahoma health officials raised red flags before Trump rally DCCC dropping million on voter education program Clark rolls out endorsements in assistant Speaker race 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.