Two Massachusetts Democrats said Tuesday that it could be time to dump Rep. Nancy Pelosi as its top House leader.
In a joint interview, Reps. Stephen Lynch and Michael Capuano each told WGBH in Boston that they don’t believe Pelosi, the California Democrat who was House speaker from 2007 through early 2011 and has been minority leader since then, can help Democrats retake control of the chamber.
“Nancy Pelosi will not lead us back into the majority,” Lynch said.
Capuano offered a similar take, saying, “I think we need leadership that understands if something you’re doing is not working, change what you’re doing.”
Asked if that means it’s time for Pelosi to go, he said: “That or she should change, one way or the other. We just lost more seats last cycle.”
The criticism was especially stinging coming from Capuano, who Pelosi tapped in 2006 to head up the transition team when Democrats took control of the House and she ascended to the speakership. Pelosi also endorsed Capuano when he ran in 2009 for the Senate against Martha Coakley, who lost to Republican Scott Brown.