Desperate House leaders reportedly begging Democrats not to join Biden’s administration
Democratic House leaders, who are facing a narrow majority in the House of Representatives, are begging their fellow Democrats to not jump ship and take jobs with the Biden administration. If virtually any do, it will probably hand the House’s majority and the control of the Congress under a Biden presidency to the Republicans. They are extremely concerned over Republicans taking their seats in the House.
It’s being reported that insiders are saying that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) are begging Dems to remain in the House to hold the majority.
“Nancy is telling House members, ‘Now is not the time to leave,’” a Democratic Party official who’s been briefed by Democratic congressional reps stated.
The Biden transition team is allegedly being warned off of poaching members by Hoyer who is telling Democratic congressional reps to stay put. Their slim majority is at stake.
The subject of Democrats moving from the House to the Biden team was discussed last week at a House Democratic caucus meeting.
“It’s not helpful to talk about that,” a member of the Democratic leadership is said to have commented on the call regarding House Dems wanting to relinquish their seats and work for Biden.
“The feeling is: don’t make rash decisions about going to the administration without first considering consequences to the caucus,” a Democratic insider familiar with the call also reported.
According to one source, the “zeitgeist” of the Democratic House leadership is that their majority is “razor-thin.”
Nancy Pelosi’s office issued a statement denying that she is pressuring House Democrats to stay the course and not work for Biden.
“This is completely false. The Speaker wants the full contribution of House Democrats to the Biden-Harris mandate and to the future represented in the Administration,” said Pelosi spokesman Drew Hammill.
The New York Post reported last week that Biden was considering a bipartisan list of 30 members of Congress known for working across the aisle for key administration posts.
The Biden transition team is reviewing 20 lawmakers serving in the House of Representatives and 10 in the Senate who received the US Chamber of Commerce’s Jefferson-Hamilton 2020 award for bipartisanship.
The House is evidently getting special consideration because they are in the majority there. However, that is a tenuous distinction as the House Democratic majority will shrink from its current 233 to 201 margin over Republicans. Ballots are still being counted so that is not certain as of yet. The Democrats are projected to lose about a dozen seats at the very least. Democrats have won 219 seats while Republicans are the projected winners in 203 seats. There are 13 races that are yet to be called.
The loss of seats in the House has resulted in a heated battle between leftwing factions and the establishment wing in the Democratic Party. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) has led the left in issues such as defunding the police. Incidents such as Pelosi posing with a refrigerator full of pricey ice cream have also become a source of blame over losing seats.
If a House Democrat were to join the administration, his or her seat would then be filled during a special election open to Democrats and Republicans. The timing of such elections varies from state to state. Historically, the party of the president in power also loses congressional seats during mid-term elections. The House flipped under both Obama and Trump.
The risk for the Democrats here lies with so-called moderates in the House who are most likely to join Team Biden. Reportedly, upstate Democratic Rep. Anthony Brindisi has already been on calls with the Biden transition team. Brindisi trails former GOP Rep. Claudia Tenney in his election. It is a narrow race and currently, he is not ahead.
Others include Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney in the Hudson Valley and Long Island Reps. Kathleen Rice and Tom Suozzi.