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Dems Threaten to Change Leadership if Party Fails in Midterms

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By    |   Thursday, 04 January 2018 01:47 PM

Some Democratic members of Congress are saying they will demand a change in leadership if the party fails to win the House in the Nov. 2018 midterm elections, the Washington Examiner reported.

"If we lose, everyone goes," Rep. Ruben Gallego, D-Ariz., told the newspaper.

"People are saying if we lose, if there's not a majority, then we're cleaning house — like everybody," one House Democrat said.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has been the party's leader for 15 years. Other targets include Rep. Steny Hoyer, D-Md., who has been the second-highest ranking Democrat since 2003 and Rep. Jim Clyburn, D-S.C. who has held the No. 3 position since 2007, the Examiner reporter.

After the 2016 election, the chairmanship of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee became an elected position instead of being appointed by Pelosi, but Democrats are looking toward more changes.

"Certainly the growing prospect that we could be in the majority has made people think about it a little differently," Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Ky., told the Examiner.

Rep. Kathleen Rice, D-N.Y., told the newspaper: "Win or Lose, we have to have change.

"What I hope is that we can have robust debates and a lot of people throwing their hat in the ring because they can, and they're not precluded because they haven't been here long enough or they're not senior enough," she added. 

Another House Democrat noted their opponents see Pelosi as a target.

"She has to know she's an anchor around everyone's neck," the Democrat said in the report.

Pelosi's spokesman, Drew Hammill, downplayed calls for her to step aside.

"The discussion by some members to further their individual political ambitions is not in furtherance of a Democratic majority. It is a complete distraction," Hammill told the Examiner.

The Democratic congresswoman on Wednesday sent a tweet praising a "positive and productive" meeting with administration officials.

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