10 Democratic rising stars to keep an eye on for the post-Pelosi era
( CNN) Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s massive upset of 10-term Rep. Joe Crowleyin New York earlier the coming week generates a yawning opening among the ranks of future Democratic leaders.
With Crowley travelled, an entire generation of aspiring Democratic commanders has been wiped out
— some from impatience, others from lack of political ability. Regardless, a vacuum-clean now exists between Pelosi( 78 years old ), House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer( 79) and House Assistant Minority leader Jim Clyburn( 77) — the three crest grading Democrat in the House — and the rank-and-file in the party.
Politics abhors a vacuum-clean. So I reached out to a handful of the close spectators of House Democratic politics and ask questions for reputations of current members who could, should or will step into the void. There was a remarkable quantity of diversity in their collects — only Illinois Rep. Cheri Bustos was mentioned more than once. There was also a fair sum of geographic diversification — member states of Washington State, Arizona, Texas and New York were all mentioned. And age diversification! Three of the Democrats are in their 50 s, four are in their 40 s and three are in their 30 s.
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