Congressman Joe Crowley has announced he is seeking the Chairmanship of the Democratic Caucus while Congressman Tim Ryan has announced he will fight current Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.

Crowley is currently Vice Chair of the caucus and by far the youngest at 54 of the top five leaders of the Democratic party. Crowley is extremely popular inIrishh American circles.

Ryan, from Ohio is a longshot against  Pelosi given that she claims she has two-thirds of the Caucus behind her.

However many Dems believe Pelosi at 76 should step aside and allow a younger face to take over, Ryan was briefly mentioned as a Vice Presidential pick for Hillary Clinton.

 In his announcement statement Crowley said: "I grew up in working-class Queens, New York – only a few miles away from where Donald Trump himself grew up, yet very much on the other side of the tracks. Mr. Trump and I certainly experienced two very different upbringings, and chose two very different paths in life. I grew up the son of an immigrant mother and a New York City policeman father in a community sustained by working-class and, in many cases, first-generation Americans. It’s a community populated by firefighters, teachers, construction workers, small-business owners, and new immigrants. They all feel uncertain about their economic futures, like many Americans across the country.

 My district is one of the most diverse places in the nation, but what my constituents all have in common is a desire to ensure a better life for themselves and their children. For us to help them make that dream a reality, we need to make sure that all of our communities feel we are listening to them, hearing their voices, and gaining a better understanding of their struggles. It is the only way we will be able to show the American people we are on their side and bring them back to us. I believe I can help build bridges to all Americans.

 his is a critical time for our party and our caucus. We need independent messengers who can go toe-to-toe with a President Trump and stand up for Americans who feel left behind – and who will certainly be left behind by Republican attempts to end Medicare and Social Security, offer tax breaks for the rich, and gut investments in job training and education. I have always fought against bullies, and that’s how we need to approach the biggest bully of all for the next four years. It is more important than ever that we keep fighting – against damaging Republican attempts to roll back all the good work we did with President Obama, but also for policies that ensure good jobs for all Americans and strengthen working families. I am confident that our caucus has the tools and the talent to make our case to the American people and regain their hearts and minds. 

I am proud to be a Democrat. We are the party of the people, the party that is welcoming to all. I hope you will provide me with the opportunity to serve as your Caucus Chair so I can help to ensure that our message is being spread to every community and every American. Thank you."

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