Clyburn Not Interested in Administration Post, Despite CBC Push for Diversity

By | February 6, 2013

Assistant House Minority Leader James E. Clyburn of South Carolina threw cold water on a push from the Congressional Black Caucus to have President Barack Obama nominate him to be Transportation secretary.

Clyburn’s spokesman issued a statement Wednesday essentially saying thanks but no thanks.

“He’s proud and honored that some of his colleagues think enough of him to recommend him for Transportation secretary, but the only job change Mr. Clyburn is working on is once again becoming majority whip when the American people reject the Republicans’ failed leadership and extreme partisan gamesmanship and Democrats win back the House,” said Clyburn spokesman Patrick Devlin.

As National Journal first reported, CBC Chairwoman Marcia L. Fudge, D-Ohio, sent a letter to Obama urging him to name Clyburn, the highest-ranking and longest-serving African-American in Congress, to the post after current secretary Ray LaHood announced his retirement last week. (Roll Call)

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