Not all House Democrats are too pleased with Nancy Pelosi’s leadership, clearly. Amber Phillips reports in the Washington Post:
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) just survived her most serious leadership challenge in more than a decade.
Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) got 63 votes Wednesday from House Democrats in his bid to unseat Pelosi, which as my colleague Paul Kane points out is a not-insignificant amount. (Though Pelosi did meet her self-set expectation of winning two-thirds of the caucus, which is also a not-insignificant amount.)
It’s not a coincidence Ryan’s challenge came after yet another disappointing election for House Democrats, who will spend another two years in the minority.
The challenge for Pelosi going forward is that she didn’t just take heat from younger members like Ryan (who is 43, compared to Pelosi’s 76). Heading into Wednesday’s secret ballot, some of her most reliable allies — like members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) — expressed doubt about her leadership. Which means Pelosi is going to have to try to assuage a wide array of grievances from a growing number of House Democrats.
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