BREAKING: Pelosi Challenged for Dem Leadership… Infighting Worries Dems


Two months ago, every seasoned political spectator believed that Nancy Pelosi’s Democrat Party had a good chance of regaining the House of Representatives. Now, just a little over a week after Election Day, the Democrats have lost the White House and couldn’t even take the Senate, much less the House.

In spite of the disastrous performance that she helped shepherd her party to, Rep. Pelosi announced her plans to run for House minority leader yet again on Wednesday. According to The Hill, Pelosi said she would implement an “innovative strategy” to help counter a Trump presidency.

Some Democrats don’t buy it, though. Now Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan is set to challenge Pelosi for the majority leader position, a move that has the Democrat establishment freaking out.

According to The Columbus Dispatch, Rep. Ryan has said that the Democrats need to focus on returning manufacturing jobs to the United States, something Trump based his campaign on.

He told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” that the Democrats “have to grab that idea of making things in America again.”

“No one wants to hear about job retraining,” he said. “They want jobs.”

On Thursday, Rep. Ryan sent a letter to the House Democratic Caucus explaining why he feels they should end Pelosi’s 12-year tenure at the helm and vote for him.

“While having a position in Democratic Leadership has never been my life’s ambition, after this election I believe we all need to reevaluate our roles within the Caucus, the Democratic Party, and our country,” Ryan wrote, according to The Washington Free Beacon. “That is why I am announcing my run for Minority Leader of the Democratic Caucus and humbly request your support.”

Ryan has a number of hurdles he must clear in order to become the next minority leader. Most notably, he has a 2012 arrest for public intoxication. There’s also Pelosi’s base in the House Democratic Caucus; in her Wednesday letter, Pelosi took the unusual step of mentioning that she had already sewn up two-thirds of the vote among Democrats.

However, it’s worth pointing out that Pelosi made a similar claim when she fought against postponing the leadership vote from last Thursday, a move designed to recruit new challengers to possibly unseat her and House Minority Whip Stenny Hoyer of Maryland. She ended up losing that vote.

“I haven’t seen her list,” said Rep. Seth Moulton, the Massachusetts Democrat who led the charge to postpone the leadership elections. “But she said that the overwhelming view of the caucus was to hold elections on Thursday, and obviously that was not the overwhelming view.”

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