It’s been pretty clear that the democrats have been experiencing a civil war within the party. Since Joseph Crowley lost his seat to a 28 year old socialist, the democrat party is trying to find itself.
For the second time, Democratic Rep. Tim Ryan could dethrone Nancy Pelosi as leader.
Rep. Tim Ryan is considering taking on House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi again in November despite previously ruling out the idea — the latest turn in the caucuswide chaos unleashed by Rep. Joe Crowley’s shocking primary loss last month.
Ryan, who won one-third of the caucus’ backing in a long-shot bid following the 2016 election, would be the first challenger to emerge against Pelosi in the post-Crowley world. Crowley, the No. 4 House Democrat defeated by progressive insurgent Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, was seen by many in the caucus as Pelosi’s heir apparent.
“The Crowley race changed a lot for a lot of us,” Ryan (D-Ohio) said in an interview Monday. “There was a lot of assumption that he was going to be moving forward in leadership, and so losing that election put everybody in a state of mind to reevaluate what was happening.”
Ryan’s potential reemergence is just one of the many machinations happening in the Democratic Caucus right now, as Ocasio-Cortez’s victory in New York underscores the growing unrest with Pelosi and the party’s leadership.
Democrats return Tuesday for what’s expected to be a chaotic three-week sprint as members consider how to move up or enter the leadership hierarchy following a flurry of phone calls gaming out strategies over the weeklong holiday recess.
Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), chairman of Democrats’ campaign arm, is telling colleagues he’d be interested in the whip position if the job is up for grabs in a House majority, according to multiple Democratic sources. Luján’s office did not return requests for comment.
Reps. Linda Sánchez, the No. 5 ranking Democrat, and Barbara Lee are eyeing Crowley’s job as caucus chairman, although neither California Democrat has formally declared.
“It’s as if the snow globe was shaken a bit, and I think members are having lots of individual conversations,” Rep. Mark Pocan (D-Wis.), co-chairman of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, said in an interview.
Two weeks later, Crowley’s defeat is still reverberating deep within the caucus, culminating in what Democrats describe as a perfect storm for members long frustrated by the static leadership hierarchy but who previously saw little opportunity for change.
While the Dems are infighting, the GOP appears to be more unified than ever and backing President Trump’s agenda.