Ted Lieu and Adriano Espaillat Run for Democratic Policy and Communications Committee Co-Chairs
The current Co-Chairs of the Democratic Policy and Communications Committee are all running other leadership positions, and now, at least two Congressmen of color are vying for a spot on the three-person team: Ted Lieu (D-CA) and Adriano Espaillat (D-NY). If they are elected, they will help lead the committee that oversees the Caucus’ messaging efforts. The Democratic Caucus in 2016 voted to change the DPCC leadership from one appointed slot to three elected leaders. Also running are Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (D-MI) and Congressmen John Garamendi (D-CA) and Matt Cartwright (D-PA). There is also a leadership position for junior member -- created by Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) in 2016 for lawmakers with five terms or less to have a seat at the leadership table. Currently, California Congressman Tony Cárdenas holds that role, though it is not clear if he is running again or if anyone will challenge him. More here.