Top House Democrat says it's time for Pelosi to "pass the torch"

  • Top House Democrat says it's time for Pelosi to

Top House Democrat says it's time for Pelosi to "pass the torch"

A high-ranking Democratic California official has proposed minority leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi of California step down to allow for another generation of Democrats to show leadership.

"I personally think that our leadership does a tremendous job, but I do think we have this breadth and depth of talent in our caucus, and I do think it's time to pass the torch to a new generation of leaders. I would like to see that change", she continued.

The good news for Pelosi is that her current job is the easiest of the four congressional party leaders: The House minority just can't do too much most of the time, and it's not too hard to keep them united.

Sanchez was asked to elaborate, and said that Pelosi's leadership team "are all of the same generation, and again, their contributions to the Congress and the caucus are substantial".

Drew Hammill, a Pelosi spokesman, said in an email that she "enjoys wide support in the Caucus and has always said she is not in Congress on a shift but on a mission".

However, Pelosi remains one of the party's most powerful fundraisers, raising $567.9 million through the end of previous year since entering House leadership.

Sanchez declined to attack Pelosi or her top deputies, Reps. For nearly 90 years, when the top Democrat in the House needed to be replaced, the second-ranked Democrat took over.

Crowley now serves as chairman of the Democratic Caucus, making him the fourth highest-ranking Democrat in the House.

"I think what you're seeing reflected here is a real, deep frustration that there has not been any turnover, any opportunity really for younger Democrats to make a mark". Along with Pelosi, the three Democratic leaders have been at the top of leadership for while over a decade.

"In terms of the immediate need, which is the water and the light, I spent the afternoon at FEMA headquarters today and they gave a report about the progress that they had made, but no matter how much progress you made, there's still a long way to go", Pelosi said. That makes sense, if one believes that Democrats might win back the majority and hand Pelosi the Speaker's gavel again.

Want to guess who she has in mind?

Sanchez's comments were "a pretty bold step and it reflects pressure within the party that they can't continue to do things the same way, " said Lisa García Bedolla, director of the Institute of Governmental Studies at UC Berkeley. That has a lot more to do with the lack of a Democratic majority and control of the White House than gender does.

Pelosi, for her part, has waved off the intermittent challenges. That she said yes, in so many words, is notable, but it's notable from the standpoint of the party's future, not its present.