While President Trump forges on with his legal challenges to the election, House Democrats are no doubt preparing for a Biden administration. Which brings up a potential dilemma for Nancy Pelosi and her fellow leaders of the left.
What if a number of sitting House members leave to join the Biden team? Well, it could create a problem, and Pelosi is trying to get ahead of it. The New York Post reported that Pelosi and other top Dems are asking members not to accept a Biden position if offered, out of fear they could lose their slim House majority if Republicans pick up vacated seats.
“Nancy is telling House members, ‘Now is not the time to leave,’” a Democratic Party official told the Post.
Another Democratic insider said, “The feeling is: Don’t make rash decisions about going to the administration without first considering consequences to the caucus.”
Drew Hammill, Pelosi’s deputy chief of staff, said the Post story is not accurate. “This is completely false. The Speaker wants the full contribution of House Democrats to the Biden-Harris mandate and to the future represented in the administration.” Hmm. Someone is lying.
A list of potential members for a Biden administration has been circulating, and it contained the names of 20 House members, 10 of whom would be Democrats. If numbers stay consistent with current projections, Republicans have a chance to pick up an additional nine House seats, which would give them 212. Democrats are looking to add four, which would bring their total to 222, so losing multiple representatives to take jobs with Biden could make a big impact on the all-important majority.