November 29, 2016

Dems’ Leadership Elections Get Nasty On Eve Of Vote

It’s getting nasty in the final days before House Democrats vote in their leadership elections.

Last week, in an effort to allay the fears of younger members, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi called for a shake-up in the Dems’ leadership structure. Pelosi’s changes include creating vice chairmanships for committee members who have served four or fewer terms and the creation of an assistant Democratic leader position for a member who has served fewer than three terms.

Similarly, after the Democrats’ drubbing in 2014, Pelosi added a new position for “message development,” which judging by 2016’s election results, was a miserable failure.

These new proposals have gone over like a lead balloon among House Dems. Here are just a few of the headlines to come out of Pelosi’s announcement:

Washington Times: Tim Ryan accuses Nancy Pelosi of trying to consolidate her power among House Democrats

The Hill: Black lawmaker troubled by Pelosi’s caucus changes

Politico: Black Caucus member rips Pelosi over leadership shakeup

Morning Consult: Pelosi’s Proposed ‘Reforms’ Would ‘Consolidate Her Power,’ Tim Ryan Says

Washington Post: Why Nancy Pelosi’s leadership drama probably isn’t going away anytime soon

It’s safe to say Pelosi’s attempt to reconcile her party’s disparate factions has backfired in a big way. To make matters worse, her would-be challenger, Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH) isn’t relenting.

“I am very disappointed in Leader Pelosi’s proposed caucus reforms which are seemingly designed to further consolidate her power over the caucus,” Ryan said in a statement on Monday.

It remains to be seen what kind of support Ryan will receive, but new members are coming out daily in support of the Ohio congressman’s bid to ouster the 76-year-old Californian.