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Congresswoman, representing parts of L.A. and Orange counties, says Pelosi should step aside as leader

By in Press Enterprise on October 6, 2017

By The Associated Press

By MATTHEW DALY

WASHINGTON — A senior House Democrat said Thursday it’s time for Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and other veteran leaders step aside and make way for a new generation of party leaders.

Eight-term Rep. Linda Sanchez of California said she thinks it’s “time to pass the torch to a new generation of leaders, and I want to be a part of that transition. I want to see that happen.”

Sanchez’s district includes Artesia, Bellflower, Cerritos, Hawaiian Gardens, Lakewood, La Mirada, La Palma, Norwalk, Santa Fe Springs, Whittier and nearby communities.

Sanchez, 48, told C-SPAN’s “Newsmakers” that Pelosi, 77, and her top two deputies — both in their late 70’s — do a “tremendous job,” but she said too many younger lawmakers “don’t always get the opportunities that they should, and I would like to see that change.”

The comments by Sanchez, the fifth-highest ranking House Democrat, were the strongest challenge yet by a Democratic leader to Pelosi’s iron grip on the caucus.

In this Sept. 13, 2017, photo, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., leaves a meeting with Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and and members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus at the Capitol in Washington. The top House and Senate Democrats have announced agreement with President Donald Trump to protect certain immigrants brought illegally to this country as children — along with some border security enhancements. The agreement was announced in a joint statement from Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York, following a dinner the pair had with Trump at the White House. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, unsuccessfully challenged Pelosi last year, and Democrats grumbled about Pelosi in June, when the party lost a special election in a wildly expensive Georgia House race. The loss in Georgia followed similar disappointments in special House […]    

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