Mikie Sherrill – Commits to her first Town Hall & talks House Freshman Orientation. Watch.

Yesterday, there was a hail of criticism on social media when the centrist House Blue Dogs put out a photo of their new members and both she and Jeff Van Drew were there, along with Josh Gottheimer (DINO Van Drew, no surprise). I wrote about that here, so did Bill Orr. That ramped up the call to Sherrill to explain that choice and check in with the people who sent her to Congress. Rodney Frelinghuysen was shamed out of his own re-election campaign by failing to show up and answer constituents’ questions, so groups like NJ 11th for Change made town halls a requirement of their candidate, Sherrill. This morning, Sherrill files this report about her Day 7 of Freshman orientation, and pledges her first town hall the week of January 14, 2019.

That’s just a couple weeks after the 116th Congress is sworn in, date to be set after the House schedule is set in the new year.
OK, Tom Malinowski, Jeff Van Drew and Andy Kim – pressure’s on you now. When can we expect your first town hall?

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Comments (3)

  1. Bill Orr

    In the above video she speaks about wanting to achieve numerous progressive reforms (good). She points to the Blue Dogs as a group fighting for tax reform. However, the Blue Dogs can be rather conservative on their issues.
    Her statements so far as to why she will continue her opposition to Pelosi as Speaker have been vague, saying she committed to that action as a candidate and she wants a younger leader. She has not indicated who that leader should be, and nobody ran against Pelosi. In the January vote for House leadership R’s and D’s get to vote, and if enough D’s do not support Pelosi and R’s vote against her there will be a chaotic impasse and a divided House from the start. Alternatively the more R’s needed to get her the job only creates further division among D’s and strengthens the R’s to which she could be beholdened. Sherrill says nothing about this matter in the video

  2. Rosi Efthim (Post author)

    Not necessarily chaos if Pelosi is not elected. Between then and now, there may be considerable horse trading and a challenger, or even multiple challengers to Pelosi, may emerge and be able to build a coalition for votes. Yes, it’s messy. Our elections can be messy, I see no reason why internal leadership choices have to be pre-ordained.

    Out here in Constituent Land, we only see part of what’s going on; most of it we’re not privy to. And many of us say Pelosi is responsible for the 2018 midterm wins, forgetting that these House members know she’s been Democratic Leader for 14 years, and during that time we lost a lot, too.

    Do I think Pelosi will eventually be Speaker for a 3rd term? Yup. But I’m fine if House Democrats forge a path and leadership we haven’t seen yet. Just my 2 cents.

    1. Bertin Lefkovic

      There has also been talk about Trump getting Pelosi the votes that she needs to be Speaker. Considering the fact that he is a pathological liar, I don’t know if that is legit or a smokescreen to deke recalcitrant Democrats into voting present so that a Republican Speaker can be elected.

      Personally, I am more bothered by the idea of Donald Norcross being admitted into the CPC and being elected its Vice Chair than Pelosi being elected Speaker for another two years.

      I have zero expectations for the next two years, so if she wants to be a placeholder until progressives can figure out what they need to do to reclaim the heart and soul of the Democratic Party, so be it.


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