December 7, 2016

Midwestern Democrats Continue To Feel Left Out By Nancy Pelosi

When Nancy Pelosi was still battling Ohio Congressman Tim Ryan for House Minority Leader, she made pledges that her leadership team would be more inclusive. Yet now that Pelosi has overcome that challenge, Midwestern Democrats are still feeling left out.

This morning, The Hill reports that some House Democrats are now making public their frustration that coastal Democrats still dominate House leadership. For Congressman Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO), Pelosi’s pledge of inclusivity ignores regional diversity:

‘There is an unintentional tendency for a coastal bias,’ said Missouri Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D), a former head of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC). Cleaver lamented that the Democratic leadership structure is careful to be inclusive when it comes to other factors, like gender, race and sexual orientation, but not when it comes to lawmakers’ home states.”

At the same time, Congressman Tim Walz (D-MN) warns his fellow Democrats that they will continue to lose electorally if they carry on ignoring the Midwest:

“Minnesota Rep. Tim Walz (D) delivered a similar message, warning that the Democrats simply can’t win back the lower chamber without picking up swing districts in the Midwest.”

Considering that only one of the 15 House Democrat leadership spots is occupied by someone from the Midwest, it seems these Congresspeople certainly have cause for concern.