Rangel Backs Hoyer for Leader In a Break With Nancy Pelosi (DAVID GERLACH,
November 14, 2006, NY Sun)
The battle between Rep. John Murtha and Rep. Steny Hoyer for the no. 2 leadership spot in the House of Representatives is dividing the New York City delegation to Congress. […]
Some of Mr. Hoyer’s backers in New York are asking why the likely new speaker of the House, Rep. Nancy Pelosi of San Francisco, has endorsed Mr. Murtha rather than the Maryland congressman, who is the minority whip and the second-ranking Democrat.
Rep. Charles Rangel of Harlem, who called Mr. Murtha “a friend” and received support from him in 2004 in his push for the reinstitution of a military draft, said yesterday that Mr. Murtha would make a good majority leader. But Mr. Rangel is going to vote for Mr. Hoyer.
“My kind of politics is, if you do your job, you are supposed to be rewarded,” Mr. Rangel, who was one of 105 co-sponsors of Mr. Murtha’s resolution to redeploy American troops in the Middle East in 2005, said. “I think Steny has done his job. I cannot think of any reason why this is happening.”
In Backing Murtha, Pelosi Draws Fire: Her Ethics Vow Is Questioned (Jonathan Weisman, November 14, 2006, Washington Post)
House Speaker-designate Nancy Pelosi’s endorsement of Rep. John P. Murtha’s bid for House majority leader set off a furor yesterday on Capitol Hill, with critics charging that she is undercutting her pledge to clean up corruption by backing a veteran lawmaker who they say has repeatedly skirted ethical boundaries.
Pelosi (D-Calif.) directly intervened in the heated contest between Murtha (D-Pa.) and House Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer (D-Md.) on Sunday by circulating a letter to Democratic lawmakers. The letter voiced her support for Murtha and put her prestige on the line in a closely fought leadership battle. Some Democratic lawmakers and watchdog groups say they are baffled that Pelosi would go out of her way to back Murtha’s candidacy after pledging to make the new 110th Congress the most ethical and corruption-free in history.