November 7, 2010

Could Larson be the odd man out in leadership fight?

Mike Allen's brilliant Politico Playbook today doesn't paint too good a situation for U.S. Rep. John Larson, the East Hartford Democrat whose 1st District includes Bristol. Here is what Allen reported about the leadership battle within the Democratic caucus:
--PALACE INTRIGUE - A former House Democratic leadership staffer e-mails that Rep. Steny Hoyer, who's being challenged for the #2 spot in the House Democratic leadership now that Pelosi is staying, is “going to end up with the support he needs to be whip. Members feel like he needs to stay in leadership. That said, people want [Rep. James] Clyburn [who's challenging Hoyer] at the table, too. Bottom line is: When the music stops, there will be enough chairs for Pelosi, Hoyer and Clyburn to each have one. I think Clyburn becomes Caucus Chair. Pelosi really helps herself by resolving this without bloodshed and [Rep. John] Larson [now caucus chair] is low guy on totem pole and a 'Pelosi ally.' Why didn't she work it out [in advance, to head off a Hoyer-Clyburn clash]? Neither Hoyer or Clyburn are 'Pelosi allies.' In determining whether or not to run, she didn't talk to them or their supporters. When she's testing waters, she's talking to her base and conversations are all about her. She had to move quickly to announce her candidacy and that process didn't afford her time to figure this out before. Now that she's talking to 'persuadables' about her candidacy, she'll be hearing about the broad desire to keep the existing team together and it will enhance her candidacy to figure it out. …
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9 comments:

Anonymous said...

He should be out...he's a moron.

Anonymous said...

Imagine that. And after all the brown-nosing and butt-kissing of the unions that control the Democrat Party in the US, and little John still can't get where he wants. To get higher in the Democrat Party maybe he should turn gay or support a mosque on the new Front Street?

Anonymous said...

another loss for mayor ward. can't deliver for malloy, and now his bud Larson is clinging to the bottom of a totem pole

Anonymous said...

Do you think that ward will get the message?

Anonymous said...

8:35

But he did help in delivering Welch

idiot said...

12:32 - he probably already got the message - you are an idiot.

Anonymous said...

3:06

Now that he got he message, what will he do?

Anonymous said...

3:06

I congratulate you on the correct appellation

Anonymous said...

Steve for all your nonsense you have just went from bleeding heart liberal to full-fledged right wing nut bag. You did it in less than 3 hours. Wow i must say I’m proud. Keep up the good work. Remember your job isn’t to say what’s popular but to say what right. Good job in the past few months. And all the attacks are proof that you’re making a difference. Even if a public execution might constitute cruel and unusual punishment according to the ACLU. Sorry got to be anonymous on this one