Current House Majority Whip James E. Clyburn sent a somber letter to his Democratic colleagues today announcing his intention to run for House Minority Whip in the 112th Congress.
After lamenting “disappointing defeats,” Clyburn made a clear bid for the job, writing, “My record of leadership in our Caucus has prepared me well for the challenges ahead. I am confident we can rebuild the coalition that carried Democrats and President Obama into office in 2008 and that it will lead us on the road back to the majority in 2012.”
It’s possible that Clyburn will battle with current House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer for the Whip position, but the conservative Hoyer would probably lose that match-up. Tuesday’s elections eliminated much of the House’s Blue Dog constituency, making it a perfect time for Clyburn to challenge Hoyer’s power.
Current House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced today that she is running for House Minority Leader.
Clyburn’s full letter below.
–Cord Jefferson is a staff writer at The Root. Follow him on Twitter.
Dear Democratic Colleague:
There is no running away from the cold hard facts of Tuesday’s results. From coast to coast, in every type of district, in every region of the country, we suffered disappointing defeats. We lost our House majority and with it, many thoughtful, dedicated, and hardworking public servants. We must acknowledge the hard truths, earn back the trust of the American people, and redouble our commitment to the values that delivered us into the majority in 2006. And no amount of hand wringing, finger pointing, and excuse making can substitute for listening and learning. Our Caucus is at a crossroads we have seen before. In 1946 and 1952, Democrats found themselves in similar situations; on both occasions, we were able to regain the majority two years later.