Two Colorado Dems mum on lead­er­ship

The Denver Post - - NEWS - By Mark K. Matthews Mark K. Matthews: 202662-8907, mmatthews @den­ver­ or @mk­matthews

wash­ing­ton» U.S. Rep. Nancy Pelosi on Wed­nes­day won an­other term as the top Demo­crat in the House, but how much sup­port she re­ceived from the Colorado del­e­ga­tion re­mains an open ques­tion.

Her vic­tory was far from unan­i­mous — chal­lenger Tim Ryan of Ohio re­ceived 63 votes to Pelosi’s 134 — and the drop in sup­port for the Cal­i­for­nia con­gress­woman came amid as­ser­tions that Democrats needed new lead­er­ship fol­low­ing their show­ing on Elec­tion Day.

Do Colorado Democrats agree? Hard to say.

Only one of the three House Democrats from Colorado re­vealed their choice. U.S. Reps. Diana DeGette of Den­ver and Jared Po­lis of Boul­der both re­fused to say who they backed for mi­nor­ity leader.

Only U.S. Rep. Ed Perl­mut­ter of Ar­vada made public his pref­er­ence: Ryan.

“Tim Ryan’s bid for Mi­nor­ity Leader started a con­ver­sa­tion,” Perl­mut­ter said in a state­ment. “And in the face of this year’s elec­tion re­sults, it was a nec­es­sary con­ver­sa­tion to have and one that I hope will lead to some fun­da­men­tal change within our cau­cus.”

In a state­ment, Po­lis said it wouldn’t be “pro­duc­tive” to an­nounce his de­ci­sion.

“At this point, it is not pro­duc­tive to dis­cuss who voted for whom,” he said. “We are united as a Demo­cratic cau­cus, we have a deep bench and we are ready to move for­ward.”

DeGette was sim­i­larly cir­cum­spect, and as a ra­tio­nale said she had a “laser-like” fo­cus on a med­i­cal re­search bill that passed the House on Wed­nes­day.

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