A growing number of Democrat leaders are concerned House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) majority is Congress is about to change — for the worse, to be clear.
Three former chairs of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) have led the cries for concern over the matter.
Former Rep. Steve Israel (D-NY) led the DCCC in 2012 and 2014. The New York Times reported him saying, “The two biggest headaches of any cycle are redistricting and retirements, and when you have both in one cycle, it’s a migraine.”
Former DCCC Chairman Rep. Martin Frost (D-TX), said, “It’s very early in the game, but retirements are a concern. I would hope the party is taking them very seriously and setting out to recruit strong candidates,” according to Politico.
Former DCCC Chairwoman Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-IL) announced last week that she would not be seek reelection. Illinois also recently lost a congressional seat due to census changes.
In addition to concerns from DCCC leaders, a growing number of Democrat House members have recently resigned or will not seek reelection in 2022.
The most recent is Rep. Charlie Crist (D-FL) who announced his resignation Tuesday to run for governor against Republican Ron DeSantis next year.
Pelosi will need to unite her party in new ways if she hopes to keep a majority in the House after the midterms. Republicans are on target to flip the House, which could leave the House Speaker out of a job in the coming year.