SC’s Cly­burn wants House lead­er­ship role to ‘stop the as­sault’

The State - - News - BY NOAH FEIT nfeit@thes­tate.com

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.”

PAUL SANCYA AP

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.

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