Six years after an unsuccessful attempt to join the Democratic leadership in the House, Rep. Joe Crowley is now unofficially unopposed for the caucus' vice chair position.
California Rep. Barbara Lee withdrew her candidacy today and backed Crowley, in what had been the only contested leadership race, for the fifth-ranking position in the Democratic caucus.
Rep. Joe Crowley got some good news in his bid to join the House leadership yesterday, when one of his rivals for the caucus vice chairmanship, Rep. Jared Polis of Colorado, dropped out of the race and endorsed Crowley's bid.
Anthony Weiner really could have used two specific types of friends last week: the kind who could have vouched for him publicly after the lewd picture that may or may not be his surfaced, and the kind who could provide him with smart, practical guidance for dealing with the resulting media circus.
There’s an old saying in politics that when elephants fight, ants get crushed. Joe Crowley—a physically imposing six-term congressman who has the ear of the House’s second-ranking Democrat, raises enormous sums of cash for his colleagues, and wields considerable influence locally through his role as chairman of the Queens County Democratic Party—isn’t exactly an ant. But when it comes to the endless battle between Nancy Pelosi and Steny Hoyer, he might as well be.