Ben Ray Luján Eyes Leadership Spot Among House Democrats
DCCC Chair Congressman Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) reportedly has his eye on the number four spot in party leadership: Assistant Majority Leader. After guiding House Democrats to victory on Tuesday, successfully flipping the lower chamber, party insiders say that Luján would be the top choice for many for the spot, and The Hill reports that he is making calls seeking support for the post. However, complicating his potential bid are Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (D-IL) and Congressman David Cicilline (D-RI), who have already announced their runs for the position. Luján had been encouraged to seek a higher leadership position by challenging Congressman Steny Hoyer (D-MD) for Majority Leader or Congressman Jim Clyburn (D-SC) for Majority Whip, but the NM Democrat backed off after a letter from the Congressional Black Caucus insisting that one of their members should hold one of the top two slots. This complicated things for Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), a Luján ally, in her bid to retake the gavel. The Beat DC will keep you posted. More here.