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Hoyer mulls bid for House Minority Whip

By Ben Pershing
Ben Pershing

Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said Friday he is considering a run for Minority Whip in the next Congress, after Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said she would stand for the position Hoyer had also been eyeing -- Minority Leader.

"In the days since the election, I have received an outpouring of support from Democratic colleagues who have told me that I should remain in our party's leadership, so that our Caucus can hit the ground running with a strong, tested leadership team," Hoyer said in a statement released by his office. "Over the next several days, I will continue to speak to my colleagues about serving our Caucus as Democratic Whip, and I will announce a decision after I have consulted with them."

Rep. James Clyburn (D-S.C.), the current Majority Whip, announced Friday he would seek to remain the party's chief vote-counter in the next Congress, setting up a potentially nasty race between him and Hoyer. Clyburn is popular among the Democratic Caucus' liberals and among fellow members of the Congressional Black Caucus, while Hoyer's strongest base of support has long been among the party's moderates and conservatives -- many of whom were wiped out in Tuesday's elections.

It's unclear whether Pelosi would endorse either man in the Minority Whip race, but she and Hoyer have often been antagonists in past contests. Pelosi beat Hoyer in a difficult battle for Minority Whip in 2001, and she endorsed Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa.) against Hoyer for Majority Leader in 2006. Hoyer won that contest by a wide margin.

Maryland's other man at the leadership table, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Chris Van Hollen, said Friday that he would step down from that post. Van Hollen's move was widely expected, and he was not planning to serve a third term in the position regardless of how the party did on Election Day.

Van Hollen's further ascent in leadership may have been temporarily blocked by the presence of Hoyer, both of them hailing from Maryland's D.C. suburbs. If Hoyer leaves, Van Hollen may see more opportunities to return to leadership in the future.

By Ben Pershing  | November 5, 2010; 2:00 PM ET
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Posted by: ajdfhdfgtsdgasd | November 5, 2010 2:31 PM | Report abuse

Steny Nancy doesn't like you and won't support you for whip so run against her.

Posted by: FLvet | November 5, 2010 2:43 PM | Report abuse

Go, Steny!!

Posted by: Searching3 | November 5, 2010 3:04 PM | Report abuse

Minority Whip? I thought that is what Pelosi used on Hoyer.

Posted by: jdonner2 | November 5, 2010 3:16 PM | Report abuse

Steny, you're a wimp!!!!! How about minority zip!!!!!!!

Posted by: Jimbo77 | November 5, 2010 3:27 PM | Report abuse

You Go,,,,,Stenchy Boy !

Posted by: Defund_NPR | November 5, 2010 3:27 PM | Report abuse

You Go,,,,,Stenchy Boy !

Posted by: Defund_NPR | November 5, 2010 3:29 PM | Report abuse

Steny, you're a wimp!!!!! How about minority zip!!!!!!!

Posted by: Jimbo77 | November 5, 2010 3:32 PM | Report abuse

If Hoyer is not man enough to run against one of the major reasons the dems lost, then why in anyone's right mind are they going to vote for him to be Pelosi's hand maiden -- I mean boy?????????

Posted by: wheeljc | November 5, 2010 3:56 PM | Report abuse

Pelosi needs to go. She has the kind of temperament and ditsy demeanor which has been a source of irritation and anger to the American people. She also has not listened to the people's voice but rammed through her unpopular agenda against the will of the people, a.k.a Obamacare, etc. New blood is needed, and Hoyer may just be the right person for the minority leader's job.

Posted by: Tommypie | November 5, 2010 4:05 PM | Report abuse

Pelosi needs to go. She has the kind of temperament and ditsy demeanor which has been a source of irritation and anger to the American people. She also has not listened to the people's voice but rammed through her unpopular agenda against the will of the people, a.k.a Obamacare, etc. New blood is needed, and Hoyer may just be the right person for the minority leader's job.

Posted by: Tommypie | November 5, 2010 4:08 PM | Report abuse

Pelosi needs to go. She has the kind of temperament and ditsy demeanor which has been a source of irritation and anger to the American people. She also has not listened to the people's voice but rammed through her unpopular agenda against the will of the people, a.k.a Obamacare, etc. New blood is needed, and Hoyer may just be the right person for the minority leader's job.

Posted by: Tommypie | November 5, 2010 4:11 PM | Report abuse

Pelosi needs to go. She has the kind of temperament and ditsy demeanor which has been a source of irritation and anger to the American people. She also has not listened to the people's voice but rammed through her unpopular agenda against the will of the people, a.k.a Obamacare, etc. New blood is needed, and Hoyer may just be the right person for the minority leader's job.

Posted by: Tommypie | November 5, 2010 4:12 PM | Report abuse

Hoyer makes me puke.

Posted by: hungrypirana | November 5, 2010 4:16 PM | Report abuse

Isn't anyone in the Democrat Party going to take responsibility for the whoopass they received?

Posted by: bpadrino | November 5, 2010 4:48 PM | Report abuse

Isn't anyone in the Democrat Party going to take responsibility for the whoopass they received?

Posted by: bpadrino | November 5, 2010 4:53 PM | Report abuse

I respectfully hope that Nancy Pelosi is elected as minority leader. Another 60+ losses of democratic seats in 2012 would be greatly appreciated.

Posted by: GordonShumway | November 5, 2010 4:57 PM | Report abuse

Oh how nice of the Toxic Trio Democrats in
Congress,Former Speaker Nancy Pelosi,Steny
Hoyer and Dingaling Harry Reid to help the
Republicans beat the pants off of Comrade
Kenyan Barack Hussein Obama and his bid for
a Second Term now then. So,it sure looks like the Democrats and their out of touch
with reality leaders,Obama,Pelosi,Hoyer and
Reid didnot get the message the voters sent
them on Election Day 2010. We want Obama,
Pelosi,Hoyer and Reid and the Democrats
Gone and out of office by 2012 or the Voters will throw them out! What a bunch of
arrogant out of touch with reality losers.

Posted by: KathyAnn1980 | November 5, 2010 5:31 PM | Report abuse

Works for me. Nothing better than to have Pelosi front and center as a target during the 2012 elections.

Posted by: Desertdiva1 | November 5, 2010 6:12 PM | Report abuse

Were I a conspiracy theorist, I would conclude that Pelosi has become a GOP mole. Steny Hoyer won’t want to get out of bed in the morning. Uncanny.

Posted by: AdamSmith2 | November 5, 2010 6:16 PM | Report abuse

Hoyer is a tremendous leader. He must stay in leadership! He has more than enough support to continue on. I'll be very disappointed if he doesn't run.

Posted by: whitneyjfry | November 5, 2010 7:04 PM | Report abuse

As Hoyer's constituent, I don't see him doing much for his district. And Van Hollen has at least 30 IQ points on him. So, Steny, it's time to settle back and enjoy time with your grandkids.

Posted by: pundito | November 5, 2010 10:34 PM | Report abuse

Hoyer Ideal For House Leadership

Rep. Steny Hoyer of Maryland would be an ideal House Minority Leader or Minority Whip for the Democratic Party in the new political circumstances in which the party finds itself following the mid-term elections.

Since the presumptive new Speaker of the House, Congressman Boehner of Ohio, has indicated a preference for Merlot wine over presidential Slurpies, Hoyer could definitely meet him halfway by offering up a hearty round of beer and Chesapeake Bay crabs.

In any event, Congressman Hoyer can certainly help set the table for the Democratic Party as its members study the selection of menu options for the next session of Congress.

David P. McKnight
Durham, N.C.

[Remembering columnist Charles McDowell of The Richmond Times-Dispatch and former panelist on public television's "Washington Week in Review"]

Posted by: Proctor2 | November 5, 2010 10:34 PM | Report abuse

I will admit that I am a registered Dem who voted Republican. If Pelosi is the minority leader I am sure that in 2012 I'll be voting Republican again.
The Dems can have who they want, but Pelosi is not only going to cost the Dems votes, she exudes the fact that the Dems will do nothing but attempt blockades to what America wants done. The Dems need a leader, someone who at least gives the appearance of being able to work with the new Congress.

Posted by: lawman1 | November 5, 2010 10:45 PM | Report abuse

Rolling my own cigarettes tonight the thought crossed my mind that I always liked Steny Hoyer. Question is, to me, what are people willing to do for a more perfect union ? I myself was raised to be a Boss and that is just how it is...

Posted by: MarcusOne | November 5, 2010 11:07 PM | Report abuse

Nancy just back out with grace and avoid a losing race. GO STENY

Posted by: tpoppt1 | November 5, 2010 11:39 PM | Report abuse

Nancy just back out with grace and avoid a losing race. GO STENY

Posted by: tpoppt1 | November 5, 2010 11:41 PM | Report abuse

marcusone..sounds like the
funny cigs wrapped in hubris that you are smoking.

If you are still a Democrat after this past two year fiasco, you have probably evolved as much as your dna allows you to.

Follow or get the heck out of the way.

Posted by: joesmithdefend | November 6, 2010 12:42 AM | Report abuse

Mr. Hoyer lost St Mary's (where he lives) and Calvert Counties. The citizens there flatly rejected him hands down. Only a large county saved his political bacon. He is unresponsive to constituents. He caters to the contributing rich and won't meet with ordinary citizens in public forums down county. He has potentially a major conflict of interest being both a trustee of St. Mary's College and shuffling ear marked taxpayer dollars their way. And, as a trustee, he knew of very serious managerial improprieties at that college and did nothing about it. How are democrats going to thwart the agendas of the likes of Boehner, Roberts, McConnell, C street Lobbyists, and Rove with the likes of Pelosi, Hoyer and Obama? This county is in deep deep trouble. How are people like these republicans or democrats going to solve the extremely serious growth in the present 9 trillion in national debt over the next ten years?

Posted by: absiebert2 | November 6, 2010 1:51 AM | Report abuse

Ms. Pelosi needs to go for a better America. She is among the most hated people in Washington and if there is ANY hope that Congress will do any work for the country it is best that she take a fast walk into oblivion.

It seems very reasonable given the ridiculous political situation we are in that Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) should be made Minority Whip. Of course, that requires reasonable level headed people in the Democrat party to make such a decision. That in itself is frightening. Wouldn't it be great if all the leadership in both parties was changed to people who had America at interest instead of themselves. Now there is a real hope program.

Posted by: ChiefSignalman | November 6, 2010 6:58 AM | Report abuse

Steny Hoyer is gutless and a rubber stamp for Israeli policies. I agree with an earlier poster's comment, he is one of the major reasons Democrats lost the majority. Don't blame Nancy.

Posted by: lacy41 | November 6, 2010 8:08 AM | Report abuse

Hot dog. I'm sure MSNBC will take of this blatant case of an arrogant whitey trying to take what is rightfully his from a poor, downtrodden lack man.

Posted by: usr105 | November 6, 2010 8:13 AM | Report abuse

This election is quickly proving to be the gift that keeps on giving. What a delicious prospect: Clyburn vs. Hoyer! How quickly would the CBC or Clyburn himself raise the race card! Will Steny just fade away? How many appearances on Morning Joe for Clyburn? What will Maxine or Charlie have to say about the race?

It's going to be a wonderful spectacle.

Posted by: Curmudgeon10 | November 6, 2010 9:16 AM | Report abuse

The little secret is: Hoyer and Pelosi don't like each other. Pelosi originally from Baltimore City while Hoyer is from PG County so it's the old BC vs. PG rivalry in MD Democratic Party politics.

They'll do the grip and grin for the camera but the smiles from both are forced.

Hoyer has more seniority in Congress and the upper ranks of the Democratic Party House leadership but he was shunted aside in 2001 and 2002 by Pelosi.

No way is he going to be her whippin' boy after she dissed him as Majority Leader by concentrating all the power in the Speaker's Office.

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Posted by: dfdfhdskdsk | November 6, 2010 10:32 AM | Report abuse

Given the Speaker's decision, the only logical progression is for each successive member of Dem leadership to pick up as #2 and #3 in the minority. That means Hoyer at whip and Clyburn at caucus chair. If Pelosi isn't to blame then why should other members of leadership have to be squeezed in the process?

Posted by: amyuw05 | November 6, 2010 4:46 PM | Report abuse

Given the Speaker's decision, the only logical progression is for each successive member of Dem leadership to pick up as #2 and #3 in the minority. That means Hoyer at whip and Clyburn at caucus chair. If Pelosi isn't to blame then why should other members of leadership have to be squeezed in the process?

Posted by: amyuw05 | November 6, 2010 4:47 PM | Report abuse

Hoyer should clearly be minority whip. His leadership skills and ability to get things done have been tested and proven time and again.

Posted by: remdc1 | November 6, 2010 5:10 PM | Report abuse

Hoyer's proven ability to bring people together is needed now more than ever. He has demonstrated strong and unwavering leadership. He is an asset Dems cannot aford to lose. Hoyer for WHIP!!

Posted by: J4Hope | November 6, 2010 5:56 PM | Report abuse

Steny, the time is now! We need YOU to lead the party. One more day with Nancy at the helm is too many and we'll lose more seats in 2 years. Please run for Minority Leader - it is so important!

Posted by: awalkn | November 6, 2010 8:14 PM | Report abuse

Whether it is the liberal or conservative back-lash effect, within each caucus there are those who maintain the clear and vital channels of communication between the two major parties. While some are Dems and others Republicans, the presence of these individuals is a necessary one. Steny has fulfilled this role effectively and dutifully as Majority Leader, and I believe he will continue to do so as Minority Whip. Hoyer must stay in leadership.

Posted by: dt3486 | November 9, 2010 11:22 AM | Report abuse

The Democrats could avoid a "nasty fight" between Messrs. Clyburn and Hoyer if both Mrs. Pelosi and Mr. Hoyer were to step aside. I believe that Pelosi and to a lesser extent Hoyer are perceived as that portion of the leadership responsible for the Democrats poor choice in legislative and policy initiatives.

Mr. Clyburn, based largely on his temperament, is in a position to continually transmit a levelheaded tone of cooperation than Pelosi or Hoyer ever could.

At a minimum, Mrs. Pelosi should step aside completely thus greatly reducing any negative effects from the infighting that may result from Clyburn and Hoyer chasing the same position.

Alton E. Drew
www.thenewamericancentrist.com

Posted by: altondrew | November 10, 2010 2:45 PM | Report abuse

The Democrats could avoid a "nasty fight" between Messrs. Clyburn and Hoyer if both Mrs. Pelosi and Mr. Hoyer were to step aside. I believe that Pelosi and to a lesser extent Hoyer are perceived as that portion of the leadership responsible for the Democrats poor choice in legislative and policy initiatives.

Mr. Clyburn, based largely on his temperament, is in a position to continually transmit a levelheaded tone of cooperation than Pelosi or Hoyer ever could.

At a minimum, Mrs. Pelosi should step aside completely thus greatly reducing any negative effects from the infighting that may result from Clyburn and Hoyer chasing the same position.

Alton E. Drew
www.thenewamericancentrist.com

Posted by: altondrew | November 10, 2010 2:47 PM | Report abuse

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