Jack Davis for Western Journalism reports, Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, has publicly announced his intention challenge House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., for the top Democratic leadership post.
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Ryan had been mulling a challenge early on in the week, which led to House Democrats eliminating their planned House leadership vote on Tuesday and as an alternative schedule to vote on Nov. 29.
Pelosi, who rose to her leadership function in 2002, last confronted a challenge to her position in 2010.
Nevertheless, the outcomes of last week’s elections, whereby President-elect Donald Trump beat Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republicans managed to keep control of both houses of Congress, has altered the mood of many.
Pelosi happened to be guaranteeing a much different post-election predicament, and at one point guaranteed Democrats would acquire at least 20 seats and that the GOP difference would be in the “single digits.”
Ryan, 43, who was first selected in 2002, would not only be a fresh face, but also one from the Midwest, where Democrats were destroyed last week.
“We just got a shellacking last Tuesday,” stated Rep. G.K. Butterfield, D-N.C., and chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus. “We got an unexpected defeat, and we’ve got to recalibrate and decide how we go forward.”
In the course of a closed-door meeting, Rep. Kathleen Rice, D-N.Y., stated “if we don’t, as a party, have our leaders accept responsibility for where we are, we can’t move forward and get to the point where our message is going to resonate with voters.”
Other Democrats stated the fault could not be aimed elsewhere.
” … anybody who is running for any position of leadership needs to come back and explain to us how we’re going to be able to survive one, the Trump years, but two, to not have the same excuse we have every two years where there’s some external factor that somehow causes us to not gain the seats that we need,” stated Rep. Ruben Gallego, D-Ariz.
Ryan had pointed out earlier in the week that his challenge to Pelosi was centered on his fear that House Democrats simply cannot tumble further from power.
“You can’t fall off the floor,” Ryan stated.
“We don’t have the House. We don’t have the Senate. We don’t have the presidency. I mean, we are in the worst shape we have been in since I first got here,” Ryan stated.
“This is not fun anymore. This is not fun to wallow in the minority,” he stated.
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