Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) has announced that he will challenge House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi for the top House Democratic position. He did so in a letter to his fellow legislators on Thursday, marking the first time Pelosi has been challenged since 2010.
“While having a position in Democratic Leadership has never been my life’s ambition, after this election I believe we all need to re-evaluate our roles within the Caucus, the Democratic Party, and our country,” Ryan wrote, following comments on how he believes Clinton’s loss is a sign that the party needs a new direction and new leadership if they want to avoid “more disappointment in future elections.”
“That is why I am announcing my run for Minority Leader of the Democratic Caucus and humbly request your support,” he concluded. “Vote for me and I will dedicate all of my energy to lead us back into the majority. Our constituents deserve nothing less.”
Pelosi has led House Democrats for the past 14 years and recently predicted that she will be re-elected as the party’s leader when they vote on November 30. Ryan hopes to channel the frustration of some members who think it’s time for a change and turn it into a victory.
“The definition of insanity,” he told CNN Thursday morning, is to do the “same thing over and over again and keep getting the same results.”