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

12/16/20

Briahna Joy Gray, the former campaign press secretary for Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), on reacted to comments by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) in which she said Speaker Nancy Pelosi (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.”

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