It seems that they are looking to abandon principles of seniority in committee assignments, right at the time that it would put members of the Congressional Black Caucus in top positions on important committees.
Black lawmakers are promoting the notion that seniority should be the paramount factor in deciding ranking member posts ahead of next week's Democratic committee elections.
In a letter sent Thursday to fellow Democrats, Congressional Black Caucus Chairwoman Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio) said that, despite “very limited” cases when more junior members have jumped into top spots, “the seniority system has worked well and should be honored.”
“[T]hose who through years of service have gained significant expertise and knowledge should be given priority to lead our committees and sub-committees,” Fudge wrote.
And let’s be honest -- seven members of the CBC ought to be getting those senior spots. One, Corrine Brown, is facing a challenge for ranking member from the lowest ranking member of the Veterans' Affairs Committee. Using the Democrats' standard arguments on race, they ought to be protecting CBC members and should have been jumping them to the head of the line for ranking member positions. After all, affirmative action!