House Democrats Pick Leadership

In a controversial move the Democrats have named Representative Steny Hoyer as incoming House Majority Leader.

Hoyer was in a race for the post with Rep. John Murtha. Newly elected House Leader Nancy Pelosi had backed Murtha.

Nancy Pelosi was unanimously named speaker-elect by House Democrats Earlier this morning, the first woman set to take a post that constitutionally is second in line of succession to the presidency.

Pelosi had passed over Rep. Steny Hoyer of Maryland, now the assistant minority leader, and endorsed longtime ally Murtha of Pennsylvania to take the majority leader spot.

Hoyer, a Pelosi rival, was battling to hold onto the lead in the race with Murtha, and both candidates were predicting victory via a secret ballot, which allows lawmakers to be evasive when asked about their intentions.

NewsChannel 10 will have much more on this coming up on News at Noon.

Associated Press