Van Hollen Undecided on Leadership Run

Posted November 5, 2010 at 2:36pm

Updated: 5:01 p.m.

Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Chris Van Hollen (Md.) is still trying to decide whether to run for a leadership slot in the new Democratic minority.

“Congressman Van Hollen is focused on providing support and resources to our candidates in still-undecided races,” spokesman Doug Thornell said. “As he has done for the last four years, Van Hollen is going to fight to the very end for every single House Democrat. Over the last couple of days, he has been getting lots of inquiries about his future from his colleagues who are encouraging him to stay in the Democratic leadership and appreciate his hard work under historically difficult political circumstances.”

Van Hollen, who also is Assistant to the Speaker, has been interested in a run for elected leadership, but there are no open slots with Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) announcing her run for Minority Leader, other elected leaders announcing their plans to stay in their positions, and Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) weighing a Whip run against Majority Whip Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.).

No one has yet announced plan to run against Rep. John Larson (D-Conn.) for Caucus chairman or Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-Calif.) for vice chairman.