Walk The Plank, Pelosi? Dems Eye Minority Leader’s Position

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Robert Donachie Capitol Hill and Health Care Reporter
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Two House Democrats are looking to take House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s job, The New York Times reports.

Democratic Reps. Steny H. Hoyer of Maryland and Joseph Crowley of New York are mapping out plans to take over for Pelosi if her position as minority leader is no longer politically feasible.

Democrats running for the House in the midterm cycle are already distancing themselves from Pelosi, as Democratic candidate Conor Lamb did when he ran against failed Republican candidate Rick Saccone earlier in March.

Republicans are taking note of the movement away from Pelosi.

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan mentioned it to reporters when he was asked to describe why Saccone lost to Lamb.

“I think the candidate that is going to win this race is the candidate that ran as a pro-life, pro-gun, anti-Nancy Pelosi candidate. That is the candidate that is going to win this race. This is something that you aren’t going to see repeated because they (Pennsylvania) didn’t have a primary,” Ryan told reporters the morning after the election. “You will have primaries in this other races and those primaries are going to bring candidates to the Left.”

“Both of these candidates ran as conservatives, I don’t think you are going to see that throughout the country,” Ryan said.

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