Ohio Congressman Tim Ryan is going to give Nancy Pelosi a run for her Democrat leadership money.
Ryan has launched a so-called long-shot bid to dethrone Pelosi as House Minority Leader.
He sounded the alarm on MSNBC today, wondering aloud how bad things have to get before the party opts for new leadership.
“We’re at the smallest number of Democratic members of our caucus since 1929,” Ryan said.
“We’ve lost 68 seats since 2010 and we have the smallest number of Democratic office holders in the state and federal level since just after the Civil War.
“So we’ve got a make a change and I think the American people asked us to make a change and we need to do it in our Democratic caucus,” Ryan said.
“And the question really is to my fellow colleagues, how many seats do we have to lose before we make a change? 80 seats? 90 seats? 100 seats?
“I mean, we’re to the point now where we’re not even a national party at this point,” he said. “We have some support on the coasts but we’ve lost the support of middle America.
“We are not a national party,” Ryan declared, “and we better make some big changes, so I’m pulling the fire alarm here because the house is on fire and we need to do something.”
Ryan’s colleague Missouri Congressman Emanuel Cleaver also appeared on MSNBC on Monday and wouldn’t commit to Pelosi.
“At this particular point, I’m listening to what my colleague Tim Ryan has said but I think in the end, Nancy Pelosi is going to have the votes,” Cleaver said.
He was pressed multiple times about who he supports in the race and each time, he sidestepped the question.