Black Caucus Pushes Jim Clyburn to Run for Leadership
Despite Congressman Jim Clyburn (D-SC) saying that he will not challenge Minority Leader Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) for the top leadership post, the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) is hoping otherwise. They say he needs to go out and sell the anti-poverty proposal he’s been pushing behind-the-scenes for years -- and in turn, sell himself. In a recent interview with McClatchy, Clyburn, the third-ranking House Democrat and most senior African American in Congress, said that just hours earlier during a phone call, Caucus colleagues were encouraging him to run. There is a very real chance Democrats could win control of the House in November and, if so, Clyburn could potentially be Congress’ first Black Speaker of the House. “The need from the base, the need from the party and the need to take back the majority rest on how loud he can be,” said current CBC Chairman Cedric Richmond (D-LA). If Pelosi stays put, McClatchy reports that there’s new chatter that the CBC could empower Clyburn to challenge current Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (MD) for the Majority Leader slot. “We are going to advocate for having an African American in one of the top two positions,” Richmond said, adding that Clyburn would be his preferred candidate. There are currently 48 members of the CBC, and that number is expected to grow in the next Congress. More here.