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Eshoo Launches Anna PAC In Her Bid for Ranking Member Slot

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Rep. Anna G. Eshoo advanced her bid for Energy and Commerce ranking member on Wednesday night with the launch of her new political action committee, Anna PAC.  

It's an important move for the California Democrat, who needs to use every tool at her disposal to beat Frank Pallone, D-N.J., who has the edge in seniority on the powerful panel in the race to succeed retiring Rep. Henry A. Waxman, D-Calif.  

Pelosi-Hoyer Rivalry Flares Anew With Eshoo-Pallone Fight

The long-running leadership rivalry between House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer is flaring anew as the two Democrats take different sides in the fight over who will be the top Democrat on the Energy and Commerce Committee On Tuesday, Hoyer said he would back New Jersey Democrat Frank Pallone Jr. to succeed retiring Rep. Henry A. Waxman of California as the panel's top Democrat in the 114th Congress.  

"I'm not going to get into this publicly other than to say that I have historically been for the ranking member, the senior member, if that member is capable and able and if that member has contributed significantly to the legislative product, to the party efforts, and I think Frank Pallone has done all of those, but I'm not going to get into it further than that," Hoyer said in his weekly media briefing. Pallone is the No. 3 Democrat on the committee.  

Dingell Retirement Clears Way for Energy and Commerce Fight

Rep. John D. Dingell's retirement clears the way for a head-to-head battle between Frank Pallone Jr. of New Jersey and Anna G. Eshoo of California to ascend to the top slot of the Energy and Commerce Committee that Dingell held for decades.  

The spot came open when Henry A. Waxman of California announced his own retirement. Dingell expressed a possible interest  in running while Pallone and Eshoo quickly released statements saying they were in the race .  

Race Is On for Waxman's Committee Slot (Updated)

Eshoo, above, and Pallone each threw their hat into the ring Monday to be the top Democrat on the Energy and Commerce Committee. (Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 6:39 p.m. | The race is on to succeed Rep. Henry A. Waxman as the top Democrat on the Energy and Commerce Committee, and it’s probably going to get personal.  

Just four days after the 20-term California Democrat announced he would retire by the year’s end, fellow Californian Anna G. Eshoo and Frank Pallone Jr. of New Jersey officially threw their hats in the ring, with the dean of the House, John D. Dingell of Michigan, still considering a run of his own.  

Waxman's Retirement Spurs Race for his Committee Slot and a Slew of Speculation

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At the end of this year, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi will lose another close ally  — and fellow Californian, no less — in 40-year House veteran Henry A. Waxman.  

Sources close to Democratic leadership say they don't suspect that Waxman's retirement, announced Thursday morning, will leave the same gaping hole in Pelosi's carefully-curated inner circle as will the year-end departure of another 20-term California Rep., Education and the Workforce ranking member George C. Miller.