Top Dem Confirms Plans to Challenge Pelosi

Rep. Jim Clyburn, the third-ranking House Democrat, confirmed his intention to run for speaker of the House if his party takes the chamber in November and Nancy Pelosi struggles for support.

The statement, made in an interview with The New York Times, marks another public challenge to the House minority leader’s grip on power.

Dozens of Democratic candidates, including some sitting lawmakers, have already refused to commit to supporting Pelosi for speaker if their party takes back the majority.

Clyburn, D-S.C., reportedly came under pressure at a Congressional Black Caucus retreat last week to compete against Pelosi for the speakership should she struggle to garner the 218 votes necessary to lock in the post.