Murtha Backs Off Hoyer For Time Being

Washington, D.C.– On Friday, June 9th, Congressman John Murtha (D-PA) sent a letter to other Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives announcing that he was interested in the No. 2 political position if the Democratic Party wins back control in the upcoming November elections. Southern Maryland's Steny Hoyer currently holds the minority party's No. 2 position as House Whip. It was assumed that Mr. Hoyer would maintain the No. 2 position if the Democratic party gained the majority this November.

Today, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement:

“In the spirit of unity to achieve our goal of winning a Democratic majority in November, Congressman John Murtha has informed me that he will suspend his campaign for Majority Leader until after we win a Democratic Majority of the House.

“I appreciate Mr. Murtha's continuing cooperation and leadership in our effort to win a Democratic House to take America in a New Direction for everyone.”

In response, Steny Hoyer released this statement:

"I welcome this decision by Congressman Murtha. Our caucus should continue to focus our energies on regaining the House Majority and addressing the priorities of the American people."

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