An ambitious group of younger Democrats are reaping the prize loot in the house.
After years of grumbling over Minority's minority domination, Nancy Pelosi, the new majority has opened up leadership positions with true responsibility, and the next generation is seizing this moment.
More than a dozen Democrats have made offers for six leadership positions, and almost every candidate has been a young legislator who has served fewer than four terms. Most of these Democrats have never been in the majority, but they have all seen themselves as the heirs of the trio, who have led the Caucus for nearly 16 years.
With a new majority, they have the opportunity to claim lower leadership positions that have real power. The question for Pelosi is whether this new dynamic can also help put pressure on Pelosi and her top Lieutenant Reps. Steny H. Hoyer (D-Md.) And James E. Clyburn (D-S.C.). Relieve.
All three want to take the first three positions – speaker, majority leader, majority whip – given the resistance of some democratic critics.
These rebels continue to try to find a way to overthrow Pelosi, but their biggest problem is the lack of a challenger that was previously scheduled for November 28 in the Democratic vote.
When 10-year-old Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-N.Y.) lost his primaries in June, the field of potential Democratic leaders quickly lost to Gravitas.
Instead, aspiring Democrats seek positions to impress their peers. As soon as Pelosi (78), Hoyer (79) and Clyburn (78) retire, they fight for the top spots.
"I run for this leadership position because as someone from a district who voted for Donald Trump, I live and breathe this every day of my congressional career," MEP Cheri Bustos (D-Ill) said on Friday in which she launched her candidacy as chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaigning Committee. "The most effective way to improve the lives of hard-working Americans is to help secure our new democratic majority."
Bustos, 57, was just elected for her fourth term in a more rural district in western Illinois. A former Quad City Times reporter and editor, she has been widely recognized as one of the party's most effective communicators, particularly with regard to economic issues related to mid-level wage stagnation.
But there is no free ticket. Bustos is likely to play against a pair of Washington Democrats, Republicans Denny Heck (66) and Suzan DelBene (56), who have held deputy positions in the Caucus' political wing in recent years.
All three competitors were first elected to Congress in 2012.
"These were not wall flowers. These were not people who were just backhanded, "said former Congressman Steve Israel (D-N.Y.).
As chairman of the DCCC in 2012 and 2014, Israel helped recruit these three and knows many of the other relative newcomers in leadership competitions.
At least one Democrat fights for one of the top spots, as the 61-year-old MP Diana DeGette (Colo.) Clyburn calls for the majority position.
Two other important competitions are for the deputy leader of the Democrats and the chairman of the Democratic Caucus.
Pelosi created the first position after the 2010 halftime demolition of the Democrats from the majority, which helped Clyburn to a soft landing, since the minority traditionally has a leadership position less.
He is running for his old job as a Majority Whip and is creating a contest that will replace him as a deputy leader to test the ideological and political geographic boundaries of the Caucus: Rep. Ben Ray Luján (NM). Rep. David N. Cicilline (RI).
The 46-year-old Luján has been eliminated as DCCC chairman for four years, from the disappointing elections in 2016 to Tuesday, which the Republicans were amused. Cicilline, 57, is a senior member of the Progressive Caucus, co-chair of the LGBT Equality Caucus, and two years ago won the election to co-chair a political committee.
The Caucus Chair Contest is a generational struggle within the Congressional Black Caucus: 72-year-old Rep. Barbara Lee (California), a 20-year-old veteran, against 48-year-old Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (NY), who was first elected in 2012 ,
Pelosi does not exert the same clout in the Caucus as he did eight years ago. Therefore, she concentrates entirely on her own concern to bundle the voices to be the first person since 1955 to come to the lectern.
This means that, unlike the previous seasons of defeat and post-election crimes, these voting races are even more open. After these losses, Pelosi would curb the rebellion by establishing new leadership positions, some of which had real punch and some were only mannequins.
The biggest placeholder for speaker choice and other offices will likely be the newcomer class, which is at least the 54th. That's about 20 percent of the votes in the secret election runs.
"We keep our word, we keep our promises and I hope people will find that refreshing," said US-American Jason Crow (D-Colo.) Thursday's Mike DeBonis of the Washington Post, who insisted he was not to vote for Pelosi.
Crow and several others promised during their campaigns not to support Pelosi. It is unclear how many will vote against them during the internal vote towards the end of the month, and then say they must vote in plenary in the public appeal on January 3, rather than doing anything to help the Republicans.
One final victory is the committee commissions, which are growing significantly for the majority party.
Next year, only 14 Democrats return to work, currently serving on the Ways and Means Committee, the body responsible for health, commercial and tax issues. The next speaker can add about ten new members to this committee.
There will be about ten more seats in the powerful Committees for Resources and Energy and Trade.
Undoubtedly, Pelosi will try to win holdouts by promising to get the legislature into the most important committees of their choice.
Should she win, even close allies believe she will not remain a spokeswoman for long. Israel said that as soon as these young Democrats have reached the somewhat powerful leadership positions, they will soon claim the top positions.
This group will be "satisfied" for the time being with these sub-spots, he said. "These positions will be stepping stones."
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