Speaker Nancy Pelosi threw Rep. James Clyburn (D-SC) in the backseat today. The failed Speaker averted a messy battle between Clyburn and Steny Hoyer (D-Maryland) by creating a new pretend role for the South Carolina liberal. It looks like he’ll take it.
FOX News reported:
House Democrats averted a messy leadership struggle, clearing the way for Maryland Rep. Steny Hoyer to become second in command of their new minority without a challenge from South Carolina Rep. James Clyburn.
Under an arrangement worked out in private, officials said late Friday that Clyburn would instead receive a new position, title unknown and duties undescribed, explicitly labeled the third-ranking post in leadership.
The maneuvering was described by Democratic officials after Speaker Nancy Pelosi
, D-Calif., issued a vaguely worded statement saying she intends to nominate Clyburn to a new No. 3 post. The statement made no mention of Hoyer, and officials who filled in the details did so on condition of anonymity, saying they were not permitted to speak publicly about the matter.