Update: Kaptur lost.
Becerra was the only member of the Democratic leadership who faced a vote of the entire caucus. He won in a 175-67 vote over Kaptur, who mounted a late challenge and attempted to appeal to centrist and conservative Democrats who had voiced concern about the liberal tilt of the new leadership team.
Kaptur said that her support came from a “broad–based coalition from the whole fly-over-state part of the country.”
Kaptur — who is a member of the liberal-leaning Progressive Caucus — ran on a geography platform, handing out small maps of the country with blue flags planted in Connecticut, Maryland, South Carolina and California and asking for her colleagues to “[Bring] the Heartland to Leadership.”
So much for Progressives and Populists getting a voice.
The Hill is reporting that:
Rep. Marcy Kaptur, a fierce critic of free trade policies, has mounted a campaign for vice-chairwoman of the Democratic Caucus
This is great news for people who want major reforms on trade, economic and labor policy.
Kaptur was outspoken on the bail out, has a reasonably good track record on H-1B and is well known to be wanting new trade policies.
For more information on House leadership, Source Watch article.