Rep. John Larson today vaulted into the House leadership, winning the number four spot in the House Democratic caucus over two challengers.
Larson, 57, who represents the Hartford area, won on the second ballot after two hours of secret deliberations.
Larson is now behind only House Minority Leader Nancy D. Pelosi, D-Calif., Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer, D-md., and Caucus Chairman James Clyburn, D-S.C., in the Democratic hierarchy.
He joked about his strategy--"I wrapped up the state of Connecticut," he said, which consists of himself and Rep. Rosa L. DeLauro, D-3rd District, and then put together a coalition of liberals, conservatives and moderates. Rep. John P. Murtha, D-Pa., one of the House's leading voices on defense issues, as well as DeLauro were among his chief backers. (Lightman)
Larson has arguably been the least visible of the members of our congressional delegation, partly because he doesn't really need to come back to Connecticut to campaign. His district is solidly Democratic.
Larson's victory was something of a surprise: Rep. Joseph Crowley had been far ahead in supporters, and actually won the first round of balloting.
Well... good for him, I suppose. It's still hard to get excited about Larson.
Lightman, David. "Larson Moves Up In Caucus Leadership." Hartford Courant 1 February, 2006.