As House Speaker Nancy Pelosi mulls her future, conservative Democrats in the House are pushing her not to run for Democratic leader in the new Congress.
Rep. Jim Matheson, a Utah Democrat who co-chairs the conservative Blue Dog Coalition, thinks some turnover is in order following such dramatic losses for his party. “This was an earthquake of an election,” Mr. Matheson said. “When you suffer this kind of loss, you’ve got to shake up your leadership.”
More than two dozen members of the 53-member Blue Dog Coalition lost on Tuesday night. Those defeats cap a two-year run in which Blue Dogs faced constant pressure from party leaders to back bills that didn’t play well back home and threats from Republicans that their support for health care and climate-change legislation would lead to calamity at the ballot box.