Jim Clyburn Will Not Challenge Nancy Pelosi
Congressman Jim Clyburn (D-SC) says there’s a strong possibility the Democratic Party will win control of the House this year. And despite a previous comment that he will run for the top House post if Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) does not have the votes to win, he is now saying he will not challenge her regardless of the vote tally. Clyburn says he wants to make it very clear that “I don’t plan to challenge Nancy Pelosi for the speakership.” Clyburn says he’s unsure what will happen in the Democratic Caucus after the election. “There’s a lot of discontent in our caucus. A lot of people will describe it to you as generational,” he added. The 78-year-old said he’ll instead focus on health care, reducing student debt, and fixing immigration. Clyburn, currently the Assistant Minority Leader, was previously the House Majority Whip when Pelosi served as Speaker of the House from 2007 to 2011. Clyburn’s news comes as some Democrats worry that their Caucus is bleeding talent due to a lack of upward mobility. BuzzFeed reports that younger lawmakers who are rising stars are left with two options: try to work their way up outside of the traditional leadership structure or head for the exits. Examples they give include former Congressman Xavier Becerra leaving the House in January 2017 for a post as California’s Attorney General; Congressional Hispanic Caucus Chair Michelle Luján Grisham, who’s running for Governor of New Mexico; and outgoing Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa, who made an unsuccessful gubernatorial bid in Hawaii. More here.