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Jockeying for Leadership Post Begins Among House Dems

October 10, 2012
At least one House Democratic leadership post is known to be opening up, and the jockeying for the title has begun, our National Journal Daily colleagues report.

With Caucus Chairman John Larson of Connecticut term-limited and Vice Chairman Xavier Becerra of California set to move up, the race for vice chair--the No. 5 spot in leadership-- is on, the Daily reports.

But what about the top spots? Billy House explains:

The scenario described by several lawmakers and senior congressional aides has [Minority Leader Nancy] Pelosi hanging on long enough to install a chosen successor but not so long as to possibly become the GOP's bogeyman again in the 2014 midterm elections (as she was in 2010, when her party lost the House majority).

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Meanwhile, neither Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, 73, of Maryland, nor Assistant Democratic Leader James Clyburn, 72, of South Carolina, who are second and third in leadership, respectively, have said they are going anywhere.

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