Nancy Pelosi should prepare to resign, senior House Democrat says

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It's time for Nancy Pelosi and other longtime leaders to make way for a new generation to lead House Democrats, caucus Vice Chairwoman Linda Sanchez said Thursday.

Chuck Schumer-to step down from their roles as leaders in Congress.

Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, unsuccessfully challenged Pelosi past year, and Democrats grumbled about Pelosi in June, when the party lost a special election in a wildly expensive Georgia House race.

Sanchez added "I think we have too many great members here that don't always get the opportunities that they should. And I think it's time", Sanchez said.

Sanchez is the vice chair of the House Democratic Caucus, and caucus chairman Joe Crowley appeared on MSNBC this afternoon telling Katy Tur that this should not be the focus of Democrats right now. "I want to be a part of that transition, I want to see that happen". The answer is that Sanchez is ambitious, decades younger than Pelosi, and wants her job.

The House Democratic Caucus Chairman, Democratic Rep. Joe Crowley of NY, released a statement asserting that the Democratic leadership still maintained broad support. Sixty-three Democrats supported Ryan in November, while 134 backed Pelosi.

The California Democrat not only called for Pelosi to cede power but also suggested that the House Minority Whip, Democratic Rep. Steny Hoyer of Maryland, and the House Assistant Minority Leader, Democratic Rep. James Clyburn of SC, surrender the leadership positions after the 2018 midterm elections.

"They are all of the same generation, and, again, their contributions to the Congress and the caucus are substantial", she said.

Critics argue that despite Pelosi's fundraising prowess and legislative skills, her image as a San Francisco liberal drags down some Democratic candidates, especially in Republican-leaning states.

And at a weekly news conference that same month, Pelosi defended her record as leader - she called herself a "master legislator", and quipped, "I'm worth the trouble, quite frankly".

"One of the reasons I stayed here is because I thought Hillary Clinton would win, we'd have a woman president and so there would be a woman not at a seat at the table, but at the head of the table for the world", Pelosi told the Times.

"We wanted to have a woman president", she added. "But when we didn't, then I couldn't walk away and say, O.K., just let all the men have the seats at the table that are making decisions for our country". Hoyer, the second-ranking Democrat, has served since 1981 and has had stints as majority leader and minority whip.

During the discussion, Cowley also argued for why voters should return control of the House and Senate to Democrats.

According to the Washington Post, which conducted the interview along with the Los Angeles Times for the C-SPAN cable channel, .

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