Growing discontent among House Democrats about Nancy Pelosi since suffering devastating losses on Election Day has gone public. Politico,
Rank-and-file Democrats are complaining loudly that the party’s message operation was failed during the election cycle. Members of the CBC are angry over the defeat of Rep. Steven Horsford (D-Nev.). And nasty fights over ranking member spots have broken out all over the place – including another tug-of-war between Pelosi and Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) over the top Democratic post on the Energy and Commerce Committee.
A routine internal debate over proxy voting for the ranking member posts – it hasn’t been allowed in decades – turned into national news because Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), a disabled war veteran expecting her first child soon, won’t be allowed to cast her vote since she can’t travel back to Capitol Hill. The vote has led to some bitter feelings on both sides of the dispute. And Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Steve Israel (N.Y.) is being pressed over whether he was totally honest with his colleagues over the electoral peril they faced.