California Democrat to Democratic House leadership: Time to go

A ranking House Democrat called on House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and her two top lieutenants to relinquish their leadership posts and retire at the conclusion of the 115th session of Congress.

In an interview on C-SPAN’s Newsmakers to be aired on Sunday, Rep. Linda Sanchez (D-Calif.) slammed Pelosi, House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (Md.), and House Assistant Democratic Leader James Clyburn (S.C.), telling the trio of House Democratic leaders to relinquish public office.

Although Ms. Sanchez’s remarks were measured and carefully avoided criticizing the three leaders, a strong undercurrent over age and lengthy service imbued her comments when discussing the need for change in House party leadership.

“I do think we have this real breadth and depth of talent within our caucus and I do think it’s time to pass a torch to a new generation of leaders and I want to be a part of that transition.”

“They are all of the same generation and again, their contributions to the Congress and the caucus are substantial, but I think there comes a time when you need to pass that torch. And I think it’s time,” Sanchez told Los Angeles Times and the Washington Post reporters during an appearance on C-SPAN.

A top leader in the House and a member of Congress since 2003, Sanchez serves as the Vice Chair of the House Democratic Caucus.  Sanchez also sits on the House ethics committee and the powerful ways and means committee.

Pelosi, 77, has served in the House since 1987; Hoyer, 78, has served Maryland since 1981; and Clyburn, 77, has been a member of the House for 24 years.

Ms. Pelosi has served in various leadership roles since 2003.  She assumed the minority leader position in 2003, was elevated to house speaker in 2007, and returned to leader the minority party in 2011 after the Democrats suffered disastrous results in the 2010 mid-term elections.

Although Ms. Pelosi did not respond herself, aide Drew Hammill said Pelosi “enjoys wide support” in the House and is determined to win back the House in the 2018 elections.  Similarly, Mr. Hoyer called Sanchez an asset to Democrats.


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