Democrats Push Back Leadership Elections

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Juliegrace Brufke Capitol Hill Reporter
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House Democrats decided to push back leadership elections to Nov. 30 after suffering a devastating blow on election night — signaling Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s post may be in jeopardy.

Pelosi announced the date would be moved during a closed-door caucus meeting Tuesday morning, with proponents arguing the party needs to reflect on where they went wrong. The California Democrat had initially scheduled the votes to take place Thursday, in an attempt to give members ample time to prepare for the lame duck.

“From my standpoint, I don’t care when the election is. I do care that we have the strongest possible leadership at the table, whoever that may be. But again, we’ve been through hell, and it’s only going to get worse as [Donald Trump] makes his appointments and we have this fight. But we have to see it as an opportunity,” Pelosi told her Democratic colleagues, according to the aide, CBS reports.

Rep. Tim Ryan of Ohio said he hasn’t ruled out a bid against the leaders, and was encouraged by several of his colleagues to do so.

Minority Whip Steny Hoyer of Maryland told reporters said there would be “a lot of discussion” on shaking up ranking members on committees.

“We have to bring in fresh faces, we have fresh faces and we’ll listen to them,” Hoyer told reporters after the meeting.

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy told reporters Monday he would be happy to see her stay, adding that as long as she’s in charge the GOP will likely hold the majority.

Republicans are slated to hold their election Tuesday.

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