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  Progressives For Steny? Liberal Members Line Up For Moderate Minority Whip
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Last EditedWesternDem  Nov 06, 2010 11:23pm
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AuthorBrian Beutler
News DateSunday, November 7, 2010 05:00:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionA number of House progressives -- members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, even -- are circling their wagons around Hoyer, hoping to balance the leadership ticket next year.

In a "Dear Colleague" letter to Democratic members, progressive Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO) made the pitch for Hoyer.

"I believe that it is in the best interests of our Caucus to keep Majority Leader Hoyer as a member of our Democratic leadership team--a team that helped Democrats pass a range of landmark legislation," Polis wrote. "Keeping Steny Hoyer in leadership will help to unify our Caucus and ensure that House Democrats hit the ground running in the new Congress."

Included in the letter is a list of progressive members who've already thrown their support to the Majority Leader: Ed Markey (MA), Peter Welch (VT), Lois Capps (D-CA), and John Garamendi (CA).
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