In the wake of major losses for Democrats in Tuesday’s midterm elections, New York Rep. Steve Israel says
he has rejected House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s appeal that he stay on for a third term as chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, Politico reports.
Israel said he told Pelosi he is more interested in a position in the House Democratic leadership, saying it would make him a "more effective" lawmaker.
The seven-term congressman faced an extremely difficult task in this year’s election. Democrats were braced for losses in the wake of President Obama’s unpopularity and a long historical record of the president’s party losing seats in year-six elections. Although they had no serious expectation of winning back the House this year, Democrats had hoped to keep their losses to a minimum and put themselves in a position to fight the Republicans for control in 2016.
Instead, Republicans gained between 13 and 16 seats , putting themselves on track to win their greatest majority since 1949. House Democrats’ losses (which Israel told Politico “could have been a lot worse”) in this year’s midterms exceed the eight-seat pickup achieved under Israel’s leadership in 2012 and leave the party badly weakened entering the 2016 election cycle.
In the wake of Tuesday’s results, many Democratic Party operatives “are increasingly resigned to the notion they will not gain House control until new maps are drawn in 2021” as part of redistricting, Roll Call reported
Israel took what appeared to be a parting shot at New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo when asked about the governor’s impact on the election. “We had conversations several months ago with the governor’s staff about helping to organize and coordinate a campaign and I didn’t see a fruition to those conversations,” Israel told The New York Times
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