NANCY Pelosi's position may be in peril as another Democrat turns against her while others plot to oust the speaker after the House election failure.
Rep Elissa Slotkin said she won't be supporting the California politician's bid to serve as Speaker again last week and thinks the House needs to incorporate more midwestern lawmakers.
The party's internal divisions are intensifying after the Republican Party kicked out several incumbents, defended representatives, and narrowed the gap between the rival political parties on November 3.
The Dems will control the House on a knife-edge majority for the next two years and some feel new leadership is needed.
"I will not be voting for Nancy Pelosi," Slotkin told Politico. "I have no idea if people are going to run against her, or who might run against her.
"And I will of course have this conversation directly with her. But I believe we need new leadership."
"I would love to see more Midwesterners, because if you look across the leadership," the Michigan congresswoman added. "I respect these people, but it’s New York and California.”
Pelosi is running to retain her speakership in the wake of a disappointing battle with House Republicans.
Earlier this month, some Democratic Party members blasted left-wing policies like "defund the police" on a conference call.
But one of House's more progressive members, Rep Ilhan Omar, D-Minnesota – a member of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's growing "squad" – described the party as a "big family."
She told MSNBC: “When you think about our party, Speaker Pelosi always says we are a big tent, and that means that we are a big family.
"We all have our own constituencies that we have to serve. We are part of a caucus working on behalf of the people.
"We think of ourselves as the party of the people."
But it would appear that the cracks were beginning to show the day after the election when two House Dems told The Hill that they, and other centrists, had planned to oust Pelosi.
They wanted to replace her with House Democratic Caucus Chairman Hakeem Jeffries for Speaker in the next Congress but he refused.
Although Jeffries rejected it, the bold move to get rid of Pelosi marks a significant shift, the publication noted.
“Pelosi needed to hammer [Donald] Trump but instead she chose to let him slide,” an ex-senior Democratic aide said. “Last night should have been a bloodbath for Republicans.”
“It’s time for Democrats to elevate a new generation of leadership in both the House and the Senate,” agreed another Dem lawmaker.
“Americans are clearly afraid of ‘socialism,’ want safe streets and neighborhoods and to vote for people who they believe will help put more money in their pockets.
I believe we need new leadership.
"While Democratic policies can adequately address those issues our messaging mechanism clearly cannot.”
Likewise, a New York Magazine journalist reported that a senior Democratic aide said "Pelosi is going to have a hard time getting the speakership again."
"We were expected to pick up, 5-10 seats, we’re losing [seven]," they told her, amid fears that the party would lose the House.
Pelosi's rep Drew Hammill dismissed the reported shake up on November 4.
He told The Hill "today is about the race for the White House and ensuring that our Members and candidates in uncalled races have the support they need."
However, the Democratic presidential nominee successfully clinched key states to become President-elect Joe Biden, though Trump has yet to concede 10 days after the race was first called.
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