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Ohio Rep. Still Mulling a Challenge to Pelosi After 2018 Midterms

Rep. Tim Ryan challenged Pelosi after 2016 and came away with 63 votes in the Democrat caucus. Would another run bring better luck?

By NTK Staff | 08.28.2018 @12:00pm
Ohio Rep. Still Mulling a Challenge to Pelosi After 2018 Midterms

Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH) is not ruling out another challenge to Rep. Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) reign atop the House Democratic caucus, according to a report by the Washington Examiner.

Ryan challenged Pelosi following the 2016 election and earned 63 votes within the caucus – not a poor showing, but also not enough to unseat the then-76-year-old.

He believes this time it could be different, if Democrats are able to score big victories in the 2018 midterms.

“We’ve not closed the door on the leader race but the key is to get more members of the House elected that represent districts like the one I represent so we can have enough political push to get the kind of economic stuff done we need done,” said Ryan.

Ryan also indicated he would support Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-SC), currently the No. 3 House Democrat, to serve as a “bridge” between Pelosi’s leadership and the next generation of leaders.

“If anybody is going to be the bridge, it’s going to be Jim Clyburn,” said Ryan. “Jim brings change. He brings the African-American voter to the third highest position in the country. [He’s a] Southern Democrat who has worked with white lawmakers, Republican lawmakers [and] the business community his whole career in South Carolina.

“That’s kind of what we need: He’s going to make history, he’s going to energize our core constituency,” Ryan added.

Clyburn has indicated that he’s open to the idea, but he remains loyal to Pelosi. “I’m not planning on retirement and I’m not stepping aside for anybody,” Clyburn told Politico in April.

Whether Democrats win big, small, or not at all in November will be a major factor in how Democrats vote in the leadership elections that take place afterward. Pelosi’s best shot at survival is to win enough seats to retake the majority, but not so many that the coalition suddenly includes too many unfriendly faces.

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