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It's time for Pelosi and other long-timers to leave House Democrats' leadership, California's Sanchez says

 (J. Scott Applewhite / Associated Press)
(J. Scott Applewhite / Associated Press)

It's time for Rep. Nancy Pelosi and other longtime party leaders in Congress to make way for a new generation to lead House Democrats, Rep. Linda Sanchez, the vice chairwoman of their caucus, said Thursday.

"Our leadership does a tremendous job, but we do have this real breadth and depth of talent within our caucus and I do think it’s time to pass the torch to a new generation of leaders," said Sanchez, of Whittier.

It was a bold declaration for a member of Democrats' House leadership, especially for a member from Pelosi's home state, and could signal that Sanchez is reflecting the views of other House Democrats.

There has been quiet grumbling for years about how long Pelosi, the minority leader from San Francisco, Minority Whip Steny Hoyer of Maryland and assistant Democratic leader James E. Clyburn of South Carolina -- all in their late 70s -- have led the party in the House. But few members have been willing to publicly call for a change.

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