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Report: Rep. Crowley Making Moves to Take Over House Democratic Caucus

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By    |   Tuesday, 17 April 2018 12:24 PM

Democratic Caucus chairman Rep. Joe Crowley is doing everything possible to position himself to be the next House Democratic leader, Politico reported on Tuesday.

The well-liked Crowley has been building up for this moment for two decades, and many say this is his best shot to climb to the top.

“I think [House Democratic leader Nancy] Pelosi and [current whip Steny] Hoyer ought to take the message from [House Speaker Paul] Ryan’s retirement and realize it’s time for this caucus to move on,” said Texas Rep. Filemon Vela, an outspoken Democratic critic of the party’s current leadership. “And I think Crowley fits the bill to be our next leader.”

Axios reproted last month that leading Democrats in the House are saying that if the party wins back the House in the midterm elections, Pelosi is not a lock to return as speaker, as it would be advisable to replace her with a younger, less divisive figure.

But the old guard of Pelosi, Hoyer and Jim Clyburn have been sending strong signals that if Democrats do take the House they are ready to resist the younger generation looking for new leaders, according to Politico, which nevertheless said it has spoken with some 20 Democratic congressmen who quietly say that Crowley has a strong shot at becoming their next leader, although the timing of the move was less in agreement.

Crowley, 56, has made it clear that he won’t run against Pelosi, and he also hasn’t declared any intention of challenging Hoyer or Clyburn, the assistant minority leader, all of whom are at least 20 years older than him.

But Crowley’s allies are certain he will jump at the chance to head the party if the top job becomes available.

Connecticut Rep. John Larson was less certain about the chances of it happening anytime soon.

"Is there an undercurrent of people that would like to see change or people grumbling about the fact that the people in leadership are old? Yes,” he told Politico. “But, if push comes to shove, what will be the compelling reason [to oust them] if we win?"

Crowley’s spokeswoman Lauren French insisted that his "sole focus is putting Democrats in majority control of the House. The only way issues like expanding health care, creating good-paying jobs, growing the economy, and enacting gun safety will get addressed is by electing Democrats."

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Democratic Caucus chairman Rep. Joe Crowley is doing everything possible to position himself to be the next House Democratic leader, Politico reported on Tuesday.
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