CBC Eyes Leadership Roles
There’s only one Black lawmaker in the Democratic leadership ranks: AssistantMinority Leader Jim Clyburn (D-SC). But in interviews with 15 members of the Congressional Black Caucus, several said it’s time for that to change. Clyburn declared over the weekend that the entire Democratic leadership team should be replaced if the party fails to flip the House in the 2018 midterms. At the same time, he was calling for a regime change. Politico reports that multiple Democratic aides said they interpreted Clyburn’s remarks as a boost to CBC Chairman Cedric Richmond (D-LA), Clyburn’s protégé, who is term-limited in his current post, and rumored to be eyeing a potential leadership bid. Richmond could run for Majority Leader if Dems take back the House, and the current top three are forced out because of a desire for a generational change in leadership. But in an interview with Politico, he denied that he is already preparing to run for leadership. “I just don’t know how we can talk about what’s warranted, justified or deserving and we haven’t finished the election cycle,” he said. “They’re trying to figure out who’s going to be the MVP and the game’s not over.” Richmond is just one of several CBC members looking to move up the ranks. Congresswomen Marcia Fudge (D-OH) and Karen Bass (D-CA), along with Congressmen Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY)and Keith Ellison (D-MN), are also rumored to have leadership ambitions. Within the Caucus, Politico reports that both Bass and Congresswoman Yvette Clarke (D-NY)have been quietly campaigning for months to succeed Richmond as CBC Chair, but members say there is no clear front-runner so far. More here.