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  Becerra launches bid for caucus vice chairman
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Last EditedEx-New Jerseyan  Jul 31, 2006 09:07pm
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News DateTuesday, August 1, 2006 03:00:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionRep. Xavier Becerra (Calif.) intends to run for Democratic caucus vice chairman if the party wins control of the House in November, he told colleagues Friday.

A seventh-term representative from Los Angeles, Becerra is the first Democrat to throw his hat into the hypothetical race for vice chairman, but not the first to show interest in a leadership position in a Democratic House. Rep. John Murtha (Pa.) surprised Democrats in June when he announced he would challenge Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (Md.) for majority leader.

Murtha suspended the race after some Democrats raised concerns that a divisive internal leadership battle before the November election could divert their attention from winning the majority. Acknowledging the concerns raised by Murtha's bid for majority leader, Becerra told colleagues that his focus is on gaining control of the House.
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