Democratic members of the House of Representatives are being told not to join a potential Biden administration as part of a strategy to protect the fragile Democratic majority in the House, according to a new report.
The message to stay put is being delivered by both House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, according to the New York Post.
“Nancy is telling House members, ‘Now is not the time to leave,’” the Post reported it was told by a “Democratic Party official who’s been briefed by Democratic congressional reps.”
Hoyer, in fact, has told the transition team assembled by Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden not to take from the Democrats in the House as it seeks to fill administration posts.
“The Biden administration has to be a lot more sensitive of where you come from if you’re looking at members of Congress,” Democratic Rep. Gerry Connolly of Virginia said, according to Politico. “We cannot afford to put any seats in jeopardy.”
Democratic Rep. Emanuel Cleaver of Missouri said a Biden White House recruiting House Democrats is “not gonna happen. That’s the political reality and most people are going to see that.”
“That would be a dumb decision to put somebody from a seat that we turn around and lose in a special election. We don’t have a lot of seats in the House and the Senate to spare,” Cleaver said.
During a recent call among House Democrats, the topic of working for Biden was discussed.
“It’s not helpful to talk about that,” one Democratic leader said on the call said, according to the Post.
“The feeling is: Don’t make rash decisions about going to the administration without first considering consequences to the caucus,” a Democratic insider reportedly said.
The source said Democrats believe their majority is “razor thin.”
Pelosi spokesman Drew Hammill denied she was behind such an effort.
Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy of Connecticut said Biden should choose whomever he wants.
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