Baca May Join Field for Vice Chairmanship

Posted December 10, 2008 at 11:45am

Outgoing Congressional Hispanic Caucus Chairman Joe Baca (D-Calif.) is considering a bid for the House Democratic Caucus vice chairmanship, his spokesman confirmed.

A Baca run would greatly complicate the effort by Rep. Hilda Solis (D-Calif.) to secure the support of the CHC — an endorsement she is seeking to wrap up Wednesday. The caucus met Wednesday morning but broke before voting on an endorsement. It is expected to continue the huddle later Wednesday, incoming CHC Chairwoman Nydia Velázquez (D-N.Y.) said.

The post is not yet officially open, but with Vice Chairman-elect Xavier Becerra (D-Calif.) mulling quitting the House to become the U.S. trade representative, a shadow race to replace him is already well under way.