Dems Accuse Party of Ageism and Sexism After Caucus Chair Election

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Posted: Nov 29, 2018 4:25 PM
Dems Accuse Party of Ageism and Sexism After Caucus Chair Election

Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) is the new Democratic Caucus Chair. Media outlets suggest he adds "much-needed age diversity" on the House leadership team.

But Jeffries wasn't exactly a unanimous choice. In the end the New Yorker defeated Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) by just 10 votes. Some House Democrats say their colleagues flipped their votes at the last minute. Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA) reportedly cited ageism and sexism as the reasons.

“I feel some disappointment only with the institutional barriers that I recognize that were out here during this campaign,” Lee agreed in an interview with the Washington Post. “I’m really disappointed in that.”

The Daily Intelligencer described Lee's loss as "jarring."

"Lee’s loss is jarring, and not only because women of color earned so many Democratic victories on Election Night. At a time when the party’s base seems ready to turn left, House members seem reluctant to follow suit. Lee’s progressive politics are still further afield than many intend to go."

Yet, as some astute social media users observed, the Democrats did just renominate Nancy Pelosi, the 78-year-old veteran representative, for speaker of the House.

The media may be referring to Jeffries as a moderate, but RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel has evidence to prove Jeffries is one of the more "radical" members of Congress.