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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
Dems Cut Deal on Pelosi's No. 2
Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, and Rep. James Clyburn, D-SC.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

(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.

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"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.
(Read more James Clyburn stories.)

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