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Former Sanders spokesperson: Progressive base confused by 'ambiguity' over how to replace Pelosi

Briahna Joy Gray, the former campaign press secretary for Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersOvernight Energy: Biden seeks to reassert US climate leadership | President to 'repeal or replace' Trump decision removing protections for Tongass | Administration proposes its first offshore wind lease sale On The Money: Democrats wary of emerging bipartisan infrastructure deal, warn of time crunch Out-of-touch Democrats running scared of progressives MORE (I-Vt.), on reacted to comments by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezSimmering Democratic tensions show signs of boiling over Out-of-touch Democrats running scared of progressives Progressives rally behind Omar while accusing her critics of bias MORE (D-N.Y.) in which she said Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiVaccinated lawmakers no longer required to wear masks on House floor Simmering Democratic tensions show signs of boiling over Pelosi signals no further action against Omar MORE (D-Calif.) should be replaced but that there was no one currently capable of doing the job.

“There’s kind of two different conversations going on here,” the “Bad Faith” podcast host said in a HillTV interview. She noted that the strategy called for by political commentator Jimmy Dore proposed for progressive members of Congress like Ocasio-Cortez to use the leadership vote as leverage for progressive proposals rather than viewing ousting Pelosi as a goal.

In contrast, she said, “this question of whether Pelosi should be ousted altogether, and whether we have to do so because there’s not someone in the ranks, is a new one.”

“It’s an interesting conversation given that we’ve had now two years of these progressive ‘Squad’ members in office who came in really hot to do something about Nancy Pelosi and to threaten her leadership at that point,” she added.

Some members of the progressive base, Gray said, may be unsure of “what to think about the idea that two years later, there’s still so much ambiguity about what to do to replace Nancy Pelosi.”