James Clyburn: All of Democratic leadership has ‘got to go’ if party fails to take the House

James Clyburn: All of Democratic leadership has ‘got to go’ if party fails to take the House
James Clyburn (Image: YouTube screen grab)

[Ed. – Does that include him?]

Rep. Jim Clyburn, one of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s top lieutenants, said Friday that if Democrats fail to retake the House in November, the party’s entire House leadership team should step down.

“If we’re still in the minority” after Election Day, he told POLITICO following his annual fish fry here, “all of us have got to go.”

While an overhaul of Democratic House leadership is almost certain if the party falls short in the midterm elections, a re-ordering is possible even if Democrats win the majority.

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With a younger class of Democrats clamoring to break into leadership, Clyburn, 77, appeared at the fish fry alongside Rep. Tim Ryan, the Ohio Democrat who challenged Pelosi unsuccessfully for her leadership position in 2016.

Clyburn, the assistant minority leader and the highest ranking African-American in Congress, referred repeatedly to Ryan as a “good friend” and a favorite drinking partner in Washington.

A glass of Jack Daniel’s in hand at the fish fry, a mainstay on the Democratic Party circuit, Clyburn said he did not take Ryan’s leadership challenge personally, adding, “I understand exactly what he was saying.”

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