Members of the CBC departed a meeting with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., Tuesday night with new details about the "assistant leader" position being offered to current Majority Whip Jim Clyburn, D-S.C. While careful to note that "none of this had been written down," members did lay out some of the responsibilities of the job.
They say that he will serve as a liason to the Democratic caucus for the DCCC, which is the group responsible for winning back the House for Democrats in 2012, and the Appropriations Committee, which will be fighting against the Republican party's effort to defund the health care law. The assistant will also work as a liason between the party's many caucuses (e.g. Blue Dogs, Progressives, Tricaucus, Congressional Hispanic Caucus, etc).
Most telling, however, was this from Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, D-Mo., "Jim Clyburn is being given the latitude to make this into what he wants it to be. There were no lines drawn for trespassing."
Cleaver was quick to add that the assistant leader would not take over floor work, as that is the responsibility of the number two, the minority whip. Current Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., is in line to take that job in the 112th Congress.
In an on camera interview with Fox News earlier in the evening, Cleaver compared the position to Sen. Richard Durbin's, D-IL, role in the other chamber.
But wait! Durbin is the number two in the Senate; Clyburn is supposed to be the number three in the House.
Cleaver stressed that this position did not represent the CBC spot in leadership. "This is not a black position," Cleaver said, "this is not like, the director of black people."
House Democrats hold leadership elections at 10:00 a.m. ET Wednesday.
Fox News' Chad Pergram contributed to this report.