A Michigan Democrat says that her party needs more diversity among its top echelon in the U.S. House of Representatives.
U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin, who positions herself a moderate Democrat even though she supports the entire Biden agenda and voted for both of the Trump impeachments, made this recommendation during a CNN “New Day” interview on Friday.
“I have always said, I think it’s time we have new leadership,” Slotkin, whose Republican-leaning House seat is the Lansing area, told co-host Brianna Keilar in the video clip embedded above.
“I think it’s time, frankly, that some Midwesterners get into leadership. We have a lot of New York and California. I’d like to see more diversity in leadership there. I have made a commitment to my district — I stick to that commitment,” she added.
In January 2021, Slotkin voted “present” (as she did in 2019 as a first-term congresswoman) instead of yes or no when the Democrat-controlled House narrowly reelected Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., as Speaker.
The House is likely to get a new Speaker if Republicans gain control after the November elections, with Kevin McCarthy the front-runner to get the gavel.
On CNN, Slotkin, 46, also called attention to an apparent Pelosi flip-flop on her initial opposition to legislation banning stock trading by federal lawmakers.
“I’m glad she’s come around because I couldn’t disagree more with her original statements on this, and I was surprised, I guess, when she came out that strongly in the beginning. We are in a moment in our history where we need to do everything possible to restore faith in our government. There’s a real question about whether government is serving people, and I think any perception of impropriety is bad.
“I’m not accusing everyone who trades stocks of impropriety, but the perception is that you have insider information by being a Member of Congress, and then you use that to make trades, or your husband or wife uses that to make trades that make you money.
Paul Pelosi skirted extra 20% loss by selling Nvidia stock a month before feds restricted the company https://t.co/tj5CqMlfvo
— Jack Furnari (@JackBPR) September 2, 2022
“So I think that is a terrible signal to send for both Democrats and Republicans. We’ve seen opposition from both parties on this. And I think it’s insane. I’m a co-sponsor of that bill. Put it in a blind trust, so that there’s no even perception of impropriety,” Slotkin underscored.
Slotkin, a former CIA analyst and Defense Department official, also expressed support for sending additional weaponry to Ukraine, while acknowledging that the American voter is likely more concerned with inflation and other key concerns closer to home rather than pouring more cash into eastern Europe. “But I do think that there just comes a time where the average citizen says, like, ‘what is the end game here?'”
In addition, she implied that abortion will play a role in the election to the benefit of Democrats, including based on what pro-life Republican women have supposedly told her privately, especially with a reproductive rights initiative on the Michigan ballot.
Owing to redistricting, Slotkin is running in Mi-7 and will face Republican Tom Barrett, an Iraq war veteran and state senator, in the general election.
On September 9, Fox News reported that “Fox News Digital has learned that…Slotkin…recently moved into a Lansing, Michigan, condo owned by a lobbyist, who also happens to be one of her campaign donors, in order to run for re-election in a new congressional district. Slotkin, who currently represents Michigan’s 8th Congressional District, opted to move to Lansing from her family farm in northern Oakland County, just outside of Detroit, in order to run in the newly drawn 7th Congressional District in a year when new congressional maps were drawn following the 2020 census.”
As far as the potential musical chairs among the Dems, win or lose, the Washington Examiner asserted that U.S. Rep. Hakeem Jeffries of New York City “is widely understood to be Pelosi’s top choice as her replacement to be speaker. House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA), who represents the Los Angeles area, is also believed to be interested in replacing Pelosi when she retires.
“In addition to Pelosi and Jeffries, House Democratic leaders include Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD), Majority Whip Jim Clyburn (D-GA), and Assistant Speaker Katherine Clark (D-MA).”
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