Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) is poised to replace Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) as leading Democrat in the House of Representatives.
If polls are even close to accurate, Democrats will lose their majority and Jeffries will become House minority leader. Nancy Pelosi will become just another ranking member of the House minority as Jeffries will displace her from her anticipated role as minority leader.
The Conservative Brief further reported:
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi could be on her way out of the Democratic Party’s leadership role, according to a Friday report.
Politico reported that the battle to succeed her actually began Sept. 1 during a “secret” meeting between Reps. Hakeem Jeffries of New York and House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn of South Carolina.
“Jeffries, the fifth-ranking House Democrat who aspires to be the first-ranking House Democrat in the next Congress, was picking up heightened chatter from colleagues about California Rep. Adam Schiff’s outreach expressing his own interest in the top caucus job,” the report noted.
“The 52-year-old Jeffries was concerned enough that he offered to fly to South Carolina to seek the counsel of the 82-year-old Clyburn. The younger lawmaker wanted to gently make sure his elder in the Congressional Black Caucus knew of Schiff’s quiet campaign — and to even more gently warn Clyburn about the risk of splitting votes between them and opening a path for the ambitious Californian,” Politico noted further, adding that Jeffries had no cause for concern.
“There’s nothing I would ever do to impede the progress of our up-and-coming young Democrats, and I see him as an up-and-coming young Democrat,” Clyburn said in an interview regarding Jeffries. “He knows that, I didn’t have to tell him that — but I did.”
Asked if he would serve in a sort of advisory role in leadership, Clyburn responded that he is is “willing to do anything the caucus thinks is to their benefit,” adding that the New York Democrat has “referred to me as a mentor.”
In September, amid rumors that Pelosi would retire if the Democrats lose control of the House, the Washington Post reported that Schiff’s efforts to take over the party’s leadership have “focused on consolidating support among his home base” in California, but that he “has not made an explicit ask for endorsements.”
Instead, the Post says Schiff “is gauging members’ interest and planting the seed that leading the caucus is his goal.”
The outlet adds that Schiff has reached out to progressive and minority-led congressional groups but that the response to some of that outreach has been “tepid.”
Other Democrats reportedly gunning to lead the House Democratic Caucus if Pelosi steps back include Democrat Reps. Steny Hoyer, James Clyburn, and Hakeem Jeffries.
A report from CNN, titled, “Pelosi won’t say if she wants to stay in charge. But will House Democrats let her?” suggests that Pelosi may be pushed out:
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