An ambitious harvest of younger democrats seizes the spoils of victory in Parliament.
After years of grumbling over the grip of the minority leader Nancy Pelosi on power, the new majority has opened up managerial functions with real responsibility, and the next generation seizes this moment.
More than a dozen Democrats have launched bids for six leading positions, with almost every candidate a junior legislator who has served less than four terms. Most of these Democrats have never been in the majority, but they have all seen themselves as heirs to the trio who led the caucus for almost 16 years.
With a new majority, they have a chance to claim leadership positions at a lower level that have some real power. The question for Pelosi is whether this new dynamic can also help alleviate pressure on Pelosi and its top lieutenants, Steny H. Hoyer (D-Md.) And James E. Clyburn (D-S.C.) representatives.
All three are trying to get hold of the three best positions – speaker, majority leader, majority – against the resistance of some internal Democratic critics.
Those rebels keep trying to find a way to topple Pelosi, but their biggest problem is the lack of any challenger so far in the Democratic vote, scheduled for November 28th.
After the 10-year-old Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-N.Y.) Lost his headquarters in June, the field of potential Democratic leaders quickly lost gravity.
Instead, the emerging Democrats seek positions that will give them the opportunity to impress colleagues and then run to the top positions as soon as Pelosi, 78, Hoyer, 79 and Clyburn, 78 inevitably retire.
"I am looking for this leadership position because, as someone from a district that voted for Donald Trump, I live and breathe every day of my congressional career," said Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-Ill.) Friday in a statement in which she makes her bid to chair the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. "The most effective way to improve the lives of hard-working Americans is to help secure our new Democratic majority."
Bustos, 57, has just been elected to serve her fourth term in a somewhat rural district in western Illinois. She is a former reporter and editor for the Quad-City Times and is widely seen as one of the party's most effective communicators, particularly on economic issues related to middle class wage stagnation.
But there is no such thing as a free pass, so Bustos is probably squadering against a few Washington Democrats, representatives Denny Heck, 66, and Suzan DelBene, 56, who have held deputies in the political arm of the caucus in recent years. .
All three contenders were elected for the first time in Congress in 2012.
"These were not wallflowers, these were not people who were happy to be backbenchers," said former congressman Steve Israel (D-N.Y.).
As chair of the DCCC in 2012 and 2014, Israel helped to recruit these three and knows many of the other relative newcomers in leadership competitions.
At least one democrat is fishing to one of the top places, because the 61-year-old Rep. Diana DeGette (Colo.) Challenges Clyburn for majority whip.
Two other important competitions are for assistant Democratic leader and the president of the Democratic Caucus.
Pelosi created the first position after the interim in 2010 and dragged Democrats out of the majority, giving Clyburn a soft landing, as the minority traditionally has a less leading position.
He runs for his old job as a majority whip and creates a contest to replace him as assistant leader who will test the ideological and political geographic boundaries of the caucus: Rep. Ben. Ben. Luján (NM). Rep. David N. Cicilline (RI).
Luján, 46, comes from a four-year run as DCCC chairman, from the disappointing elections in 2016 to Tuesday's hull over the Republicans. Cicilline, 57, is a senior member of the Progressive Caucus, co-chair of the LGBT Equality Caucus and two years ago the election as co-chairman of a policy committee won.
The caucus seat contest is a generation conflict within the Congressional Black Caucus: the 72-year-old Rep. Barbara Lee (California), a 20-year veteran, against the 48-year-old Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (NY), elected for the first time in 2012.
Pelosi does not use the same influence within the caucus as eight years ago, so she is completely focused on her own bid to block the votes to become the first person to return to the speaker's stage since 1955.
That means that these down-ball races are even more wide open, in contrast to earlier post-election seasons of loss and reproach. After these losses, Pelosi would limit the rebellion by creating new leadership positions, some of which had real strength, some of which were only a window dressing.
The biggest wildcard, for the speaker election and other messages, is probably the incoming first year class, which will at least be number 54. That is about 20 percent of the votes in the secret ballot games.
"We keep our word, we keep our promises, and I hope people find that refreshing," said Rep.-Elect Jason Crow (D-Colo.) Against Mike DeBonis of The Washington Post on Thursday and insisted he did not would vote for Pelosi.
Crow and several others promised not to support Pelosi during their campaigns. It is unclear how many will vote against her during the internal vote later this month and then say they should vote for her in the public appeal on January 3 in the entire House, instead of doing something to help Republicans.
A final victory victory is his commissions, which grow considerably for the majority party.
Only 14 Democrats return next year, currently serving on the Ways and Means Committee, the panel that oversees health, trade and tax issues. The next speaker can add about 10 new members to that committee.
There will be about 10 extra spots, combined, on the powerful committees for Credits and Energy and Commerce.
Pelosi will undoubtedly try to win hold-outs with promises of support for getting those legislators into the main committees of their choice.
If they win, even allies believe that they will not continue to speak for long. Israel said that as soon as these junior Democrats step into the somewhat powerful leadership positions, they will soon see the top positions as theirs for the taking.
This group will & # 39; provisionally & # 39; being satisfied at these places at a lower level, he said. "Those positions will be a stepping stone."
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