Nancy Pelosi took a huge blow with one of her staunches allies, Joe Crowley, losing his primary election against an insurgent Marxist in his New York district.
The stunning defeat of House Democratic Caucus chair Rep. Joe Crowley (D-NY) in the New York primary on Tuesday signals trouble for House Minority Leader Sen. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA).
For years, Pelosi has clung to power within her caucus even though she led her party to historic defeat in 2010. But increasingly, she finds herself the target of repeated calls for new, “young” blood in the leadership of her party.
Those calls first emerged last year after Republicans made Pelosi a target in the special election in Georgia’s sixth congressional district, when “progressive” favorite Jon Ossoff lost to Republican Karen Handel.
Democrats running in subsequent elections have often succeeded when they have promised not to vote for Pelosi to be Speaker of the House if their party takes the majority in November.
The Democrat’s base is losing patience with Nancy Pelosi, as they see her powerless in the face of Trump’s numerous wins, including Justice Kennedy’s retirement.