Jim Clyburn is under growing pressure to step aside and let young blood run for Congress. His daughter just abruptly quit from the FCC. What’s going on?

Is Mignon Clyburn's FCC Resignation a Sign Her Father is Retiring from Congress?

FILE – In this Feb. 26, 2015, FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn, takes her seat before the start of an FCC open hearing and vote on Net Neutrality in Washington, D.C. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, file)


Jim Clyburn has been in the House of Representatives for 25 years. Taking office in 1993, he represents a seat the Supreme Court ordered to be redrawn as a segregated district for black people. Benefitting from the forced redistricting, Clyburn has tended to win by 30-40 points, when he has an opponent at all.

Clyburn jumped to the defense of disgraced John Conyers, who since quit the House under the cloud of sexual abuse accusations. Now he, too, may be pressured to get out of the way, and allow the new generation of Social Justice Democrats to run for the House.

Easily dozens of Democrats are interested in running for South Carolina’s 6th district seat as soon as Clyburn even hints that he’s doing to retire. So it makes sense that, if Clyburn wanted his daughter Mignon to be able to run, that he’d let her know first.

And now Mignon Clyburn just quit the FCC. Is the fix in?