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Politico: Black Caucus Will Push Its Own for Leadership Roles

Politico: Black Caucus Will Push Its Own for Leadership Roles
Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn. (J. Scott Applewhite/AP)

By    |   Wednesday, 25 April 2018 04:56 PM

If there is a blue wave in the House this November, members of the Congressional Black Caucus say they will push for more representation in Democratic leadership positions, Politico reported.

With just one lawmaker at the leadership table currently — as assistant minority leader, Rep. Jim Clyburn, D-S.C. — the CBC says it is time for a change.

"It's not gonna be business as usual," Rep. Marcia Fudge, D-Ohio, told Politico. "I think that our caucus is large enough and strong enough that representation should be commensurate with what we bring to the total caucus."

Clyburn told Politico he has got no plans "yet" to make a run for majority leader if Democrats regain the House.

"I'm not making any plans to do anything yet," he told Politico, but added he'll know whether he is running for a higher post "the morning after the election." "All I'm trying to do now is win the House back."

Rep. Cedric Richmond, D-La., the current CBC chairman, is also eyeing a potential leadership bid, Politico reported. But he told the outlet it would be hard for the caucus to push out the current leaders if they are able to take Democrats back into the majority.

"I just don't know how we can talk about what's warranted, justified or deserving and we haven't finished the election cycle," he said. "They're trying to figure out who's going to be the MVP and the game's not over."

Others looking to move up the ranks, according to Politico, include Fudge, Reps. Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y., Keith Ellison, D-Minn., and Karen Bass, D-Calif., Politico reported.

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Members of the Congressional Black Caucus say they will push for more representation in Democratic leadership positions if there is a blue wave in the House this November, according to Politico.
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