Barbara Lee, who fights for those in poverty and the unemployed, withdraws in favor of Joe Crowley — a fav of the leadership and your typical corporate Democratic-type. This happens for the same reason VanHollen is ranking on Budget.
Congresswoman Lee Withdraws Candidacy for Vice Chair of the Democratic Caucus
Washington, D.C. – Today Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) issued the following statement regarding the withdrawal of her candidacy for Vice Chair of the Democratic Caucus:
“After careful consideration, I am withdrawing my name from consideration for Vice Chair of the Democratic Caucus and am asking the Caucus to unify around the candidacy of Congressman Joe Crowley. I would also like to thank my supporters in this effort.
“My goal in seeking the position was to provide a broader voice to our Democratic agenda. We fight each and every day for the middle class because without a middle class there would be no American dream to reignite. However, like so many in our Caucus, we also want to fight for those aspiring for and striving to be in the middle class and our message, legislative agenda and politics must reflect this reality.
“With nearly 50 million people living in poverty, of whom 16 million are children, we must recognize that it is in our nation’s best interest both morally and economically to develop policies to at least cut poverty in half in the next 10 years. This should be part of our Caucus agenda as we work to create ladders of opportunity and remove obstacles to reigniting the American dream for all.
“Our Caucus is now the most diverse Caucus in history. This is our strength and we must build on this as we work to take back the House. This diversity, which brings a diversity of ideas, should be seriously reflected in our leadership, our leadership decisions and our overall agenda.
“Our 113th Democratic Caucus provides a real opportunity for us to be part of the change that our country so desperately needs. I look forward to working with my friend, Congressman Crowley, the entire leadership team and all of our members as we move our inclusive agenda forward and reignite the American dream for all.”