Congressional Democrats think it’s time to ditch aging leaders like House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to make room for new blood.
Fox & Friends aired a clip of California Rep. Linda Sanchez calling for change in Democratic leadership, and asked Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan, who most recently challenged Pelosi for House Speaker, about his take on the party’s future.
“Our leadership does a tremendous job, 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,” Sanchez said in the October 5 C-SPAN clip. “And I want to be a part of that transition and I want to see that happen.”
“Do you agree with her, a new generation of leaders?” Fox & friends host Brian Kilmeade asked Ryan. “You took on Nancy Pelosi in the last cycle. Do you feel even more that way now?”
Ryan briefly discussed statements from Pelosi and President Trump about negotiations over the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, before cutting to the chase.
“I’ve been very, very clear with where I stood over a year ago in my own race for House leadership, but I do think we need to continue to get young voices out there. We’re doing it more and more now, and I think it’s appropriate for us to encourage young people to run for leadership positions and run for the Senate, and governor positions,” he continued.
“We need new young leaders in the Democratic Party if we’re going to be able to make back some of the losses we’ve had over the last 8 or 10 years,” Ryan said.
The 44-year-old from Ohio’s 13th district made similar comments earlier this year about Democrats’ “toxic” brand that’s “worse than Donald Trump’s in many parts of the country.”
“We all have a lot of anger towards what Donald Trump is doing, but we’ve had four special elections and Donald Trump four, Democrats zero,” Ryan told CNN in June. “I hate to admit that, it’s painful, and it hurts, but we have got to get our act together …
“I worry sometimes that we get so obsessed and angered by Donald Trump, which is okay, but you can’t hold onto it because it takes your eye off the ball, and we’re not focusing on the economic messages. People in Ohio aren’t really talking about Russia, or Michael Flynn, or Putin, or anything else,” he said.
“They’re worried about paying the bills, what’s happening with our pension, how much does it cost to send a kid to school, what our energy bill is like. Real bread and butter stuff, and when we’re talking about Trump so much, we’re not talking about them.”
Democratic leadership, of course, loves to talk about Trump.
Seventy-nine-year-old U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters, of California, has campaigned since before Trump was sworn in to impeach the president on unproven allegations of collusion with the Russian government during the 2016 campaign.
Pelosi, meanwhile, continues to suffer from more frequent brain freezes and other odd behavior during town halls and media interviews.
Last month, she was confronted by mob of illegal immigration advocates at a press event following negotiations with Trump over DACA.
More recently, the 77-year-old House Speaker waived her hands and stared at the audience during a CNN town hall about the government’s response to the devastation in Puerto Rico left in the wake of Hurricane Maria, The American Mirror reports.