Dems Cut Deal on Pelosi's No. 2

Give Clyburn TBD No. 3 post, avoid Hoyer dogfight
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 13, 2010 8:03 AM CST
Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, and Rep. James Clyburn, D-SC.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
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(Newser) – House Democrats have avoided a dogfight over their No. 2 leadership slot, announcing that Steny Hoyer would stay put while Jim Clyburn takes a to-be-determined No. 3 position. The move leaves Nancy Pelosi, who announced the deal last night, without any significant leadership battles ahead of Wednesday's caucus vote, Politico reports.

"This solution honors the diversity of the caucus as well as the wishes of a majority of the caucus that he remain number three in leadership," said a source in Clyburn's camp. Clyburn had the backing of the Congressional Black Caucus, which will count more than 20% of Democrats in its ranks in the incoming congress.

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