Speaker… Larson?

It could be. The JI’s Chris Powell makes an interesting case:

Larson, a Democrat from East Hartford and former state Senate president who has represented the Hartford area in the U.S. House since 1999, was elected chairman of the House Democratic caucus the other day, putting him fourth in the party’s House leadership, after Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer, and Assistant Majority Leader James E. Clyburn. Pelosi and Clyburn are 68 and Hoyer is 69, while Larson is only 60. So if the Democrats still have a majority in the House in a few years, Larson probably will be the favorite to succeed Pelosi.

Imagine that. Of course, the current Speaker would have to retire, first, and it may be a while before that happens. Still, Larson has steadily risen through the ranks during his short ten years in Congress, and it’s not hard to see him going further if he gets the chance.

It may also be worth pointing out that Larson was one of several high-profile Democrats who introduced then-Senator Obama to a full house at the XL Center in Hartford in February, and Larson endorsed Obama in late January. Smart move?

Source
Powell, Chris. “Connecticut’s Larson next House speaker?.” Journal-Inquirer 1 December, 2008.

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7 responses to “Speaker… Larson?

  1. AndersonScooper

    Connecticut is very lucky to have such competent Congress-critters as John Larson and Rosa DeLauro. Both of them have done the hard work necessary to rise through the ranks. Add to them Joe Courtney, Chris Murphy and now Jim Himes, and we have one heck of a delegation for a little state such as ours.

    Now if we could only trade in our Senators….

  2. That opinion is better than idle speculation on an ante solstice afternoon…

  3. >>Connecticut is very lucky to have such competent Congress-critters as John Larson and Rosa DeLauro. Both of them have done the hard work

    Hahahahahahah STOP!! you slay me Anderson……where do you get this stuff anyway?

    (gasp (catching my breath) pant pant gasp…)

    Gads you’re funny tonight…whadda been hanging around with CT Bob or something?

  4. AndersonScooper

    Hey, Shays was in Congress for what, 21 years? And in that time he rose up through the ranks to a point where he wasn’t even guaranteed a chairmanship of a House Committee? Pathetic. And yeah, that’s right,Minority Leader Boehner laughed in Shays’ bloody face when he demanded a leadership position, or else…

    And that other R-CT incumbent. What was her name? Nancy Johnson? Wasn’t she like 24th in line after 24 years? The President was born in her state, and his grand-daddy was even a CT Senator, and she helped translate that into a big “so what!”, and a Republican-free New England…

    The fact is that both Larson and DeLauro have real juice in the upcoming 111th Congress. Let’s hope they spend some of that political capital to benefit us Nutmeggers.

  5. >>Hey, Shays was in Congress for what, 21 years?

    Please cite any post where I’ve promoted Shays.

  6. There are some that swab the party rump. And then there are those who really put their shoulder into it. Larson is such a beast.

    I would really enjoy seeing a Larson speakership. First, I don’t get to see enough Kennedy impersonators, and the stepped up coverage of him would make certain that I get my fix.

    Second, we need a new Speaker soon, because if Nancy Pelosi takes one more trip to the plastic surgeon to tighter her pie hole, she’s going to sound like the Tin Man asking for his oil can.

    Might as well be John Fitzgerald Larson.

  7. “The fact is that both Larson and DeLauro have real juice in the upcoming 111th Congress. Let’s hope they spend some of that political capital to benefit us Nutmeggers. ”

    Ya’thinking earmarks there AS? More subs maybe? Obama filling Rell’s begging bowl? What? Could you be more specific?

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