SC’s Clyburn wants House leadership role to ‘stop the assault’
After the Democrats regained the majority in the U.S. House of Representatives, James Clyburn made an announcement about seeking a leadership position.
In spite of months of speculation that the U.S. Rep. from South Carolina might challenge Nancy Pelosi as House Speaker, Clyburn put any of those thoughts to rest Wednesday.
In a letter the Columbia lawmaker sent out to his Democratic colleagues in the House, and the media, Clyburn announced his candidacy for Majority Whip. He previously held that position from 20072011.
Clyburn wrote he is asking for support to gain the leadership position to “restore the fundamental goodness of our government.”
“We will stop the assault on our democratic norms, our institutions and the rule of law,” Clyburn wrote. “We will faithfully execute our Constitutional duties and restore the system of checks and balances that the Founders designed and that our Republic requires.”
The Whip is the No. 3 ranking position in the leadership, behind Speaker of the House and Majority Leader.
Pelosi, D-California, currently the Minority Leader, and Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, DMaryland, could assume
IN A LETTER THE LAWMAKER SENT OUT TO HIS DEMOCRATIC COLLEAGUES IN THE HOUSE, CLYBURN ANNOUNCED HIS CANDIDACY FOR MAJORITY WHIP.
the top positions when the House convenes with Democrats holding the majority. When the Democrats took the stage after their majority became official Election Day, Clyburn was front and center with Pelosi and Hoyer. “I think you’ll see Nancy Pelosi remain No. 1, Steny No. 2, and hopefully I’ll remain No. 3,” Clyburn said Tuesday night, according to The Hill. While Clyburn might not vie for one of the top two leadership roles, he is being challenged for Majority Whip. Diana DeGette, D-Colorado, also sent a letter to Democrats in the House announcing her candidacy for the position, CNN reported.
All three top Democrats in the House could face a tough fight remaining in leadership, according to the Washington Post.
Should Clyburn regain the Majority Whip position, his letter made his intentions clear on dealing with President Donald Trump and the White House. Clyburn wrote he would “oppose the President when he is wrong, and work with him when we can find common ground to strengthen our country.”
In a file photo, Rep. James Clyburn, D-SC, speaks at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. Clyburn announced his intentions to be named Majority Whip in the House.