Senior House Democrat: “Nancy Pelosi Should Step Aside”

Thursday, October 5, 2017
By Paul Martin

by Tyler Durden
Oct 5, 2017

Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi may have survived November’s contentious leadership vote – securing an eighth term as the Democrats’ leader in the House despite an abysmal election-day performance and a formidable challenge by Ohio Congressman Tim Ryan, a 43-year-old Congressman from Youngstown, Ohio – but tensions between the San Francisco congresswoman and rank-and-file lawmakers, many of whom believe (correctly) that her toxic public personal outweighs her effectiveness as a fundraiser, never subsided.

Now, one senior House Democrat is calling for Pelosi and her two most-senior lieutenants – Steny Hoyer and Jim Clyburn – to step aside and make way for a new generation of lawmakers to lead the party in the post-Obama era.

The comments by Rep. Linda T. Sánchez (Calif.), who, as vice chair of the House Democratic Caucus is the fifth-highest ranking Democrat in the House, mark the first time a member of the party’s leadership has openly called for Pelosi to step down, as the Washington Post reports.

Pelosi’s half-hearted attempt to appease her critics by doling out leadership positions to junior lawmakers have done little to assuage the rank and file’s anger.

On Thursday, the party’s simmering dissatisfaction with Pelosi burst into full view when Sanchez shared her thoughts about the party’s leadership in a TV interview.

“I do think it’s time to pass a torch to a new generation of leaders, and I want to be a part of that transition,” Sanchez said on C-SPAN’s “Newsmakers” in an interview conducted by reporters with The Washington Post and the Los Angeles Times.

“I want to see that happen. I think we have too many great members here that don’t always get the opportunities that they should. I would like to see that change.”

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