Even the Shouting Seems to be Over

It looks like Congressman Larson will ease into the 4th spot in the House Democratic leadership – Caucus Chair.

From On Background:

Rep. John Larson is over the 100-vote mark in securing promises of support as he tries to replace Rahm Emanuel as chairman of the Democratic caucus in the House, according to a senior aide.

For majority support in the House, he’ll need about 130 votes. His staff said the calls to drum up those votes are going “really well.”

And his strongest potential challenger seems to have moved aside:

Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) is reconsidering his decision to turn down a second term as chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee under renewed pressure from a persuasive Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), sources confirmed Friday.

The pressure from Pelosi most likely stems from Larson graciously accepting getting Jumped in the leadership by Rahm Emmanuel after the 2006 election. Despite everyone moving up a rung, Rahmbo moved from the DCCC to the Caucus Chair, and Larson stayed at #5 in the newly-created position of Caucus Vice-Chair. This is payback.

It isn’t a completely done deal however:

Even if Van Hollen remains at the DCCC, it is not clear whether Larson would have a clear path to the Caucus chairmanship. Other Democrats eyeing promotions include Reps. Kendrick Meek (Fla.), Debbie Wasserman Schultz (Fla.), Joe Crowley (N.Y.) and Marcy Kaptur (Ohio).

But, combined with the (far) above, Larson has the 100+ votes in the bag and the support of Pelosi and Majority Whip Clyburn, “We have an outstanding vice chairman of the caucus, who would make an outstanding chairman of the caucus.”

In fact, CQ seems to have called it:

Larson’s elevation would trigger a competitive race for caucus vice chairman. Potential candidates include Kendrick B. Meek of Florida, Diana DeGette of Colorado and Xavier Becerra of California, who serves as assistant to Speaker Nancy Pelosi , D-Calif. Another potential candidate is Rep. Jan Schakowsky , D-Ill., if she opts not to join the competition with Rep. Jesse L. Jackson Jr. , D-Ill., to seek Obama’s Senate seat.

CQ only notes Crowley as competition for the Caucus Chair spot. The end-game should be something to keep eyes on, but Congressman Larson seems to be in a very good position right now.


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