The election of Democratic leaders on Wednesday and Thursday is likely to lead to the 117th Congress, led by the same predominant players. Parliament Speaker Nancy Pelosi is expected to remain in office and work unhindered. Majority leader Stenny Hoyer and majority house Wich James Cliburn are not facing the same challenges as before, as is Democratic Council Chairman Hakim Jeffries.
The highest-ranked contested leadership race is for an assistant speaker, and other key election choices will be for the chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee when Congress returns after Thanksgiving.
Pelosi is on track to win the nomination for speaker of parliament in this week̵
Top House Democrats had confidently predicted they would expand their majority just to see a number of incumbents ousted by Republicans who are now brave and on the offensive, even though they are still in the minority.
These democratic losses have provoked a tense struggle among the moderates and progressives, with both factions pointing fingers and throwing blame. This rift and the smaller majority could create new challenges for Pelosi as she chairs the House of Democrats in the next congress.
Pelosi remained defiant even after the losses, telling reporters last week: “I admit I won a majority and held the House.”
Assistant speaker competition
Representative Catherine Clark, who currently serves as vice-president of the Democratic Council, is running as an assistant speaker against Rhode Island’s David Sicillin, and the race will be the first to be contested in the leadership vote. The fourth highest-ranking position in the House, the assistant lecturer position, was created by Pelosi to create additional leadership opportunities for young members of Congress as democratic leaders continue to hold their seats.
Although she often avoids making headlines, Clark is not shy to focus on climbing the leadership ladder. As vice-president of the House of Democrats in parliament, she is the highest-ranking woman member of parliament, apart from Pelosi and a close ally of the speaker.
Clark has spent much of the last four years campaigning around the country trying to select women and minorities. As Democrats still revolve around the unclear election results, Clark will be able to point to his success working in the DCCC in 2018, when Democrats saw big gains in the House.
Sicillin, a progressive Democrat and the first member of the House of Representatives to identify himself as gay, received national recognition as a member of the House Judiciary Commission that drafted members for impeachment of Trump. He was also among the first Democrats in the House of Parliament to support an impeachment investigation, in stark contrast to many of his Democratic colleagues who were reluctant to publicly support the investigation.
How the votes will work
The election will be held in practice – for the first time ever – through an encrypted application that is automatically downloaded to members’ home-issued iPhones and designed “in partnership with some of the country’s leading cryptologists,” Jeffries said in a letter to members Friday. obtained from CNN.
“Votes will be secured by end-to-end encryption and member voting will remain secret for all but the member himself,” he also said in the letter. “Each candidate will have a team of member counters to monitor the encrypted electronic transmission and counting of votes during each election.”
Democrats will gather for a video call at 9 a.m. ET, where all members will be able to hear the candidates running for leadership roles. In competitions where the selection of votes is ordered, the members of the Democratic Party will have 15 minutes to vote for the application.
Jeffries said the band had made a test run of their voting app, voting on which musician was the best of all time, putting Aretha Franklin, Bruce Springsteen, Selena and Bono for members’ votes.
“Selena finished strong fourth, Bono close third, Boss finished second and with more than 50% of the vote, Queen of Souls Aretha Franklin,” he said. “We congratulate all those legends who take us into this new era of Covid when we are required to vote electronically.”