Rep. Linda Sanchez (D-Calif.), a high ranking House Democrat, called on Thursday for Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) to step down and make a way for a new generation.
“Our leadership does a tremendous job,” said Sanchez, “but I do think we have this real breadth and depth of talent within our caucus, and I do think it’s time to pass the torch to a new generation of leaders, and I want to be a part of that transition. I want to see that happen.”
Sanchez ranks 5th in the Democratic leadership within the House. She was being interviewed by C-SPAN when she was asked by two reporters about the current makeup of her party’s leadership. She didn’t just call out Pelosi, she also mentioned Steny Hoyer of Maryland, and the assistant House minority leader, James Clyburn of South Carolina, when asked who should vacate their leadership positions.
“I don’t think there is one leader of the Democratic Party. I think there are many people who try to move the country in the right direction,” Sanchez said. “We have too many great leaders here that don’t always get the opportunities that they should, and I would like to see that change.”
C-SPAN later tweeted this post: It’s time to pass the torch to a new generation of leaders and I want to be a part of that transition” – @RepLindaSanchez on House Dems
Drew Hammill, deputy chief of staff for Pelosi, fired back at Sanchez. “Leader Pelosi enjoys wide support in the caucus and has always said she not in Congress on a shift but on a mission,” Hammill said. “Pelosi is focused on winning back the House and anything else is a distraction from our path to the majority.”
Later, Hoyer tried to downplay the comment and praised Sanchez saying that the Democrats were “laser-focused” on taking back the House from the GOP next year. “Rep. Sanchez is an outstanding vice chair of the caucus, and I agree with her that we have talented leaders throughout our caucus,” he said. “I remain laser-focused on taking back the House, a goal all House Democrats share and are working tirelessly toward.”
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