Majority Whip James Clyburn signaled Monday afternoon that he has no interest in stepping down to Caucus chairman and that he is digging in his heels in his battle against Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (Md.) for the Minority Whip's job in the next Congress.
"I've been there," the South Carolina lawmaker said with a laugh when he was asked during a short interview in the Capitol whether he had any interest in the Caucus chairman post, a job he held before he was elected Whip four years ago.
Democrats will be in the minority in the House in the 112th Congress and will have one fewer leadership position. In light of Speaker Nancy Pelosi's (Calif.) decision to run for Minority Leader, Hoyer's allies have said the logical solution to the leadership shuffle would be for everyone to step down a rung. But Clyburn, Caucus Chairman John Larson (Conn.) and Vice Chairman Xavier Becerra (Calif.) all are seeking their current positions in the minority.