Breaking: Democrats have elected Steny Hoyer to the hotly contested position of House Majority Leader.
Democrats picked Rep. Steny Hoyer to be House majority leader on Thursday, spurning Rep. Nancy Pelosi’s handpicked choice moments after unanimously backing her election as speaker when Congress convenes in January.
A Marylander and 25-year veteran of Congress, Hoyer defeated Rep. John Murtha of Pennsylvania in a vote of 149-86.
His election to the No. 2 job came just a short time after the Democratic caucus put Pelosi in line to become the first woman to be speaker, a position which is second in line of succession to the presidency.
His margin of victory reflected a pre-election strategy in which he showcased support from moderates, veteran lawmakers in line to become committee chairmen and more than half of the incoming freshman class _ the majority-makers whose victories on Election Day gave the party control of the House.
The intraparty battle had preoccupied Democrats, overshadowing Pelosi’s promotion to speaker _ a position that is second in line of succession to the presidency. Many Democrats were dismayed that the family feud had broken out in the first place and objected to heavy pressure placed on longstanding Hoyer supporters.
Pelosi officially becomes speaker in January, succeeding Rep. Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., when the House convenes and formally elects her in the next session of Congress.
Pelosi, in as Speaker, has her authority challenged by her party before Day 1. Maybe I was wrong about the frosh. The Democrats would certainly not have won control of the Senate nor the House had they not run conservatives running as Democrats. It was widely believed that Murtha had the votes to get the position. He had the tenure and the influence too. Could it be that the frosh weighed heavily his corrupt reputation? Hopefully so. For America to survive, we are going to need consistent voting from these new conservative Democrats.
The safe bet for them is to vote conservative. That’s going to be against Pelosi probably 100% of the time. She, after all, is for amnesty/open borders because it directly benefits her family business: The vineyard, the restaurant, and the hotel her family owns. She can employ illegal immigrants far cheaper than paying the high union contracts.
I don’t think the “Nanc-y-meister” saw this coming. It will be fun watching her squirm so early.
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