“Maybe he is just interested in resume-building” Clyburn said of Romney’s bid for the White House. “He doesn’t want to really give service to the country; he doesn’t want to give a contribution to the country; he doesn’t want to protect the people. He wants the title.”
November 13, 2010 – Clyburn who publicly stated he wasn’t going to give up his fight to be #2 quietly accepted a made up spot with virtually no power and a car and driver. Silas Clyburn now smiles all the time but never got that #2 seat in the Democratic House!!!
When faced with the conundrum of fitting four existing leadership members into three positions, Nancy Pelosi struggled hard for a solution — until she remembered her Democratic agenda of public-sector management and decided to just expand leadership to accommodate the odd man out:
House Democrats averted a messy leadership struggle, clearing the way for Maryland Rep. Steny Hoyer to become second in command of their new minority without a challenge from South Carolina Rep. James Clyburn.
Under an arrangement worked out in private, officials said late Friday that Clyburn would instead receive a new position, title unknown and duties undescribed, explicitly labeled the third-ranking post in leadership.
The maneuvering was described by Democratic officials after Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., issued a vaguely worded statement saying she intends to nominate Clyburn to a new No. 3 post. The statement made no mention of Hoyer, and officials who filled in the details did so on condition of anonymity, saying they were not permitted to speak publicly about the matter.