Opinion: House Democrats struggle with leadership question while GOP forges ahead
The time has come for both parties in the House of Representatives to choose their leadership for the upcoming session of Congress which is going to start in January.
After winning the majority, Democrats have decided to choose their leaders later this month.
The race for the speakership has already been somewhat contentious. Past Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) does face some resistance within her own Party from members who argue that she’s a liability headed into the 2020 elections because of her long record that makes her a lightning rod for criticism.
Meanwhile, the GOP has already locked in their leadership for the 116th Congress. They voted to elect current majority leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) to replace retiring Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) as the head of the Republican Party in the House.
Former majority whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana will serve as the number 2 Republican and Liz Cheney of Wyoming will serve as the number 3 Republican in the House. Kevin McCarthy has been in the House for over a decade. He is a prolific fundraiser and a true bridge builder between the diverse voices in the Republican Party.
McCarthy also has cultivated a close relationship with the Trump administration. That is going to serve him well as he’s tasked with winning back the Republican majority in the House in 2020.
Here’s the bottom line: Unity and leadership are extremely important in order for each party in the House of Representatives to be productive.
While House Democrats continue to show discomfort with Nancy Pelosi, the Republican party has already put their game faces on as they look ahead to 2020.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Boris Epshteyn formerly served as a Senior Advisor to the Trump Campaign and served in the White House as Special Assistant to The President and Assistant Communications Director for Surrogate Operations.