They will be after the Midterms….
Would a majority win for Democrats assure Current House Democratic Minority leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Ca.) her the Speakership and a continued minority status in the House assure a new caucus leader?
Democrats have to elect a new Caucus leader to replace Joe Crowley, who was defeated by new media star Ocasio-Cortez……
“Instead of having a leadership election jammed down our throat, let’s give it some time so that people have opportunity to — especially the new folks — absorb the process,” said one member who attended the meeting and requested anonymity to speak candidly.
Some Democratic sources described the letter as another sign that Pelosi’s longtime hold on the caucus might be waning.
The push isn’t without precedent, however. Pelosi was forced to delay leadership elections in 2016 after an outcry from several members about how she was rushing the process.
That delay allowed Rep. Tim Ryan of Ohio time to mount a challenge to the longtime leader. Pelosi decisively beat Ryan, winning two-thirds of the caucus vote in a secret-ballot election.
But since that time, caucus frustration at the static leadership hierarchy has grown, with several lawmakers and at least two dozen Democratic House candidates now openly calling for change at the top. Pelosi has led the Democratic Caucus for nearly 16 years.
Those calls have only intensified after Rep. Joe Crowley of New York, the No. 4 House Democrat who was seen by many as Pelosi’s likely successor, lost his primary last month.
Since Crowley’s loss, Democratic lawmakers have been strategizing behind the scenes about who will run for the now-open post of Ccucus chairman and whether someone should try to mount a challenge to Pelosi…..