Dems Schedule Leadership Vote
House Democrats will hold their leadership elections after the Thanksgiving break, a leadership aide announced Wednesday.
On an afternoon call with members of her caucus, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (P-CA) said the party will stage the elections on Nov. 29, the aide said.
That date is much later than the schedule adopted by Republicans, who have indicated they'll finalize their leadership slots the week before the Thanksgiving holiday.
The distinction has stirred some speculation that Pelosi might be preparing to step down after 25 years on Capitol Hill, and that she plans to use her return in the lame-duck session to groom a challenger to Democrat Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD), who is eager to move up the ladder.
A second House leadership aide rejected the notion that there was any delay. The aide said the party's election calendar had never been set and the Nov. 29 date was chosen simply to coincide with the second week of orientation for newly elected members.
Pelosi, meanwhile, has been silent about her post-election plans. She says she is focused solely on putting the House gavel back into the hands of the Democrats on Nov. 6 -- a difficult task that few outside the party think she'll achieve.
Pelosi has been the House Democrat leader for a decade -- the longest such stint in more than 50 years -- and the younger generation of potential Democrat leaders has been waiting anxiously to learn her post-election plans.
"Certainly we will see a generational shift, and that will be good," Pelosi told reporters somewhat cryptically last month during the Democrat convention in Charlotte, NC.
She did not, however, say when that shift would happen.
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