Michigan Democrat suggests the party needs new leadership from outside New York and California

Democratic Representative Elissa Slotkin of Michigan is urging the House Democratic conference to elect new leaders. In a recent interview with CNN, Slotkin suggested that new leadership come from outside of California or New York. Her recommendations come as polling firm FiveThirtyEight estimates that her party has a 71% chance of losing its majority in the House.

Slotkin stated, “I have always said, I think it’s time we have new leadership. I think it’s time, frankly, that some Midwesterners get into leadership. We have a lot of New York and California. I’d like to see more diversity in leadership there. I have made a commitment to my district — I stick to that commitment.”

Democratic Caucus Chairman Hakeem Jeffries represents Brooklyn, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi represents San Francisco. Jeffries is likely Pelosi’s top option to succeed her as speaker. However, Adam Schiff, the chair of the House Intelligence Committee representing Los Angeles, is rumored to be interested in succeeding Pelosi. Other House Democratic leaders include Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, Majority Whip Jim Clyburn, and Assistant Speaker Katherine Clark.

Recently, Pelosi changed her position on Congressional Representatives trading stocks, referring to the newly proposed bipartisan stock ban legislation. Before, she had maintained that she didn’t want to meddle with the free market economy. In discussing Pelosi’s change of heart, Slotkin stated, “I’m glad she’s come around because I couldn’t disagree more with her original statements on this. And I was surprised, I guess when she came out that strongly in the beginning. We are in a moment in our history where we need to do everything possible to restore faith in our government.”

Pelosi also claimed she had “strong optimism” about the Democratic Party retaining control of the House. Pelosi urged people to support Democratic candidates by referencing the Jan. 6 riot and the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization Supreme Court decision that nullified Roe v. Wade. Slotkin is up for reelection in November; she will run against Republican nominee Tom Barrett for Michigan’s 8th Congressional district.

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