by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
Rep. Kathleen Rice, D-N.Y., said Democrats will be at risk of losing the House two years from now if they choose Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., as their leader.
“[M]any of the candidates who won us this majority … promised the people of their districts that they would support someone new to lead our party in Washington,” Rice wrote in the Washington Post. “If — in their first vote as members of Congress — they fall victim to the pressure, intimidation and arm-twisting for which Washington is infamous, it won’t just be a broken campaign promise. It could very well cost them their seats two years from now.”
Rice admitted that the Democratic Party “lacks an obvious candidate for succession,” but said that there has to be someone else capable of doing the job out of the more than 230 Democrats in the House.
Seventeen House Democrats, including Rice, have publicly voiced that they would not support Pelosi in her run for majority leader, many of those members are incoming freshman that say they would like to see younger, more fresh leadership.