Linda Sánchez Says It's Time for Pelosi, Hoyer, and Clyburn to Go
Congresswoman Linda Sánchez (D-CA), the Vice Chair of the Democratic Caucus and fifth-ranking Democrat in the House, on Wednesday doubled down on her calls for House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (CA), Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD), and Assistant Democratic Leader Jim Clyburn (SC) to step aside. “Having the top three leadership of the same generation, I think it’s time for that generational change,” Sánchez told reporters on Capitol Hill. “So I do still stand by that statement that’s it’s time for a generational shift.” For the past 12 years, the three Democrats -- who are all in their late 70s -- have led the Caucus. For his part, Clyburn has said that the trio should step aside if they fail to take back the House in 2018, but both Pelosi and Hoyer maintain that they’re the best suited to lead the party next year, regardless of the outcome. Sánchez is the most prominent Democrat to call for change and has been expressed her interest in moving up the leadership ranks. “I want to be part of that transition, because I don’t intend to stay in Congress until I’m in my 70s,” she said. “I want to help create opportunities for some of the new members who have a lot to contribute but don’t necessarily always get the opportunity.” Recently, The Beat DC broke down other members of color being mentioned in the leadership conversation including Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA), DCCC Chair Congressman Ben Ray Luján (D-NM), Congressional Black Caucus Chairman Cedric Richmond (D-LA), Congressman Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY), and Congresswoman Marcia Fudge (D-OH). More on Sánchez’s statements here.