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House Democrats Plot Leadership Challenge Against Nancy Pelosi

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By Andrew Stiles | 3:03 pm, November 17, 2016

Some House Democrats are seeking to oust Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, who will turn 77 in March.

Democrats are still reeling from the electoral shellacking they suffered, and some worry that Nancy Pelosi is not the best fit for a task — winning elections — that will require reaching out to the disaffected white, working-class voters in the Midwest and elsewhere, a demographic that appears to have played a key role in denying Hillary Clinton the White House.

A small group of House Democrats are trying to draft Rep. Joe Crowley of New York to challenge Pelosi for the top leadership role in the next Congress, according to The Hill.

Crowley is unlikely to accept, given the internal politics within Democratic Leadership, but the recruitment effort is a sign that the party is still trying to come to terms with its crushing defeat. Pelosi has served in Congress since 1987, and became the first female House Speaker in 2007, during the George W. Bush administration.

Rep. Tim Ryan of Ohio has also flirted with challenging Pelosi for the minority leader position. Ryan sung Pelosi’s praise in a recent interview with the Huffington Post, but suggested she might not be the best choice for Democrats moving forward.

“I don’t like Nancy Pelosi; I love Nancy Pelosi,” Ryan said. “But it’s about, ‘Is she the best person to help us get the majority back?'”

Democratic leadership in the Senate has already experienced a shake up. Bernie Sanders, the independent socialist who lost to Hillary Clinton in the Democratic primary despite turning out larger crowds and generally inspired more enthusiasm among the voters Democrats must over in the future, was promoted to outreach director.

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, 76, is retiring at the end of the year, and will be replaced by Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York, the 65-year-old cousin of woke comedian Amy Schumer. In general, the Senate Democratic leadership is a very old bunch, including:

  • Dick Durbin, minority whip (age 71)
  • Patty Murray, assistant leader (age 66)
  • Debbie Stabenow, policy and communications chair (age 66)
  • Elizabeth Warren, vice conference chair (age 67)

UPDATE: Rep. Tim Ryan will challenge Pelosi for the Democratic leadership position.

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