Pelosi broad­ens lead­er­ship team in fight to re­tain post

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House Demo­cratic Leader Nancy Pelosi moved Fri­day to broaden her lead­er­ship team by nam­ing three ju­nior law­mak­ers to chair the party’s mes­sag­ing arm. Pelosi also named two-term Cal­i­for­nia col­league Eric Swal­well to cochair the panel re­spon­si­ble for mak­ing com­mit­tee as­sign­ments.

The an­nounce­ment comes days be­fore a lead­er­ship elec­tion in which Pelosi is be­ing chal­lenged by Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan for the party post she has held since 2002. Pelosi is likely to re­tain her post, but Fri­day’s moves come amid restive­ness in the Demo­cratic cau­cus, es­pe­cially among ju­nior mem­bers, af­ter the elec­tions. “This team of new and ex­pe­ri­enced lead­ers is ded­i­cated to work­ing with their en­tire cau­cus to make the fu­ture bet­ter for the Amer­i­can peo­ple,” Pelosi said in a state­ment. The core of Pelosi’s lead­er­ship team will re­main in place, in­clud­ing 77-year-old Demo­cratic Whip Steny Hoyer of Mary­land and South Carolina Rep. Jim Cly­burn, 76. El­derly Democrats also re­main atop sev­eral im­por­tant com­mit­tees.

Pelosi has named Illi­nois’ Cheri Bus­tos, New York’s Ha­keem Jef­fries and Penn­syl­va­nia’s Matt Cartwright to the Demo­cratic Pol­icy and Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Com­mit­tee, not­ing they would take a role in fight­ing GOP pro­pos­als to cut Medi­care. They would re­place Rep. Steve Is­rael, D-N.Y., who is re­tir­ing.

Pelosi also is re­tain­ing Rep. Ben Ray Lu­jan, D-N.M., as chair­man of the cam­paign and fundrais­ing arm for House Democrats. Rep. John Yar­mouth will re­place Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., as the top Demo­crat on the Bud­get Com­mit­tee.

— AP

WASHINGTON: In this Nov 17, 2016 file photo, House Mi­nor­ity Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif. speaks at a news con­fer­ence on Capi­tol Hill.

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