Rep. James Clyburn (D., S.C.), the House assistant minority leader, said Wednesday that congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez will need to wait her turn before she considers joining Democratic Party leadership.
House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D., Md.) said he spoke with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and suggested the young Democratic star had received the message that not every district is as open as New York’s 14th to far-left ideas.
Democratic leadership is being pushed to formally commit the party to allow for neutral primaries.
Allegations by a congressional candidate that the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee put its thumb on the scale during a Colorado primary for its preferred candidate have reemerged after the Intercept published an audio recording of the conversation between the candidate and Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer on Thursday.
Democratic lawmakers and aides say Rep. Joe Crowley’s (D., N.Y.) maneuvers to become the Democrats’ next House leader are no secret, despite his maintained stance that he has no such intention.
House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D., Md.) visited South Florida over the weekend to pressure first-time candidate Matt Haggman out of a Democratic primary in order to run in a neighboring district.