The Democratic Caucus Vice Chair — the no. 5 leadership post — is opening up and the National Journal reports Wasserman Schultz may be actively campaigning for the spot. DWS has been soliciting votes from Democrats who could potentially unseat Republicans in November.
Pelosi, Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD), and Rep. James Clyburn (D-SC) are the three top-ranking Democrats, and they are all in their 70s.
Rep. John Larson (D-CT) holds the no. 4 spot (Caucus Chairman) but is term-limited, which means Vice Chairman Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-CA) will most likely move up to the fourth spot. Hispanics within the Democratic party would view Becerra’s ascent favorably.
That leaves Becerra’s no. 5 spot open, which could be a “placeholder” for someone like Wasserman Schultz with higher aspirations.