It would seem that the old guard of the Democrat Party is finally willing to let go of power.
After House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) announced that she would be stepping down from her leadership position, another longtime power holder in the party did the same.
Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD) announced that he would remain in Congress, but he would no longer serve as the House Majority Leader.
Hoyer, in announcing that he would step down, stated, “I look forward to serving as a resource to him, to the rest of our Democratic leadership team, and to our entire Caucus in whatever capacity I can best be of assistance as we move forward together to address the nation’s challenges.”
He added, “I look forward to serving as a resource to him, to the rest of our Democratic leadership team, and to our entire Caucus in whatever capacity I can best be of assistance as we move forward together to address the nation’s challenges.”
Hoyer has served for more than four decades in Congress.
The one old-timer that is not quite ready to give up his grip on power is Rep. James Clyburn (D-S.C.), which is no surprise.
Clyburn will reportedly seek the number four spot to serve as the assistant leader of the minority.
Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.) has already been chosen as the promised one to lead the Democrats, and Reps. Katherine Clark (D-MA) and Peter Aguilar (D-CA) are expected to run for the number two and three spots.
Clyburn has already put his stamp of approval on the change of power, stating, “Speaker Pelosi has left an indelible mark on Congress and the country, and I look forward to her continued service and doing whatever I can to assist our new generation of Democratic Leaders which I hope to be Hakeem Jeffries, Katherine Clark, and Pete Aguilar.”
Clyburn is a deal maker, so I am sure that endorsement came with the concession that nobody would challenge him for the number four spot overall in the party.
Source: The Hill