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March 01, 2014


Pelosi Ignites Battle Over Ranking Member Post

"House Democrats could soon be at war," Roll Call reports.

"The internal drama over who will take the top Democratic slot on the Energy and Commerce Committee next year has spilled into public view, with some lawmakers unhappy with Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi for taking sides so early -- or at all."

"Pelosi stunned colleagues on Thursday with a letter outlining support for her fellow Californian and close friend Anna G. Eshoo against Frank Pallone Jr. of New Jersey, and now some Democrats find themselves in a difficult position. House Democrats put significant stock in years of service when doling out plum committee assignments, and the simple choice of picking the Energy and Commerce Committee's current No. 3 -- Pallone -- now has been complicated by Pelosi's endorsement of Eshoo, who is No. 5 in seniority."












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