CNN host says ‘it’s time for new leadership’ after Pelosi promises to seek re-election to the House

Apparently, even some in the mainstream media think it’s time for Democrats like House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) to hand over the “reins” of leadership to a new generation of lawmakers.

Speaking on Tuesday’s edition of The Lead, CNN’s Bakari Sellers, a staunch supporter of Pelosi, reacted to news that the longtime Democratic congresswoman would be seeking re-election to the House this fall by arguing that her “legacy,” at least as a leader in the lower chamber, “is already written.”

“I think she recognizes that”

According to Breitbart, Sellers noted Tuesday that while Pelosi promised to campaign to keep her seat in the House representing California’s 12th District, she didn’t say she’d be vying for the speakership.

And in the CNN host’s eyes, she shouldn’t.

“I firmly believe that it’s time for new leadership in the House Democratic caucus,” Sellers said, as Breitbart reported. “I think it’s time for new leadership throughout the Democratic Party. Not only do we have to get younger but more vibrant and have bigger and bolder ideas to bring in a new generation of voters.”

Despite calling Pelosi “the greatest speaker of all time,” Sellers said that “there comes a time, whether or not you’re Nancy Pelosi, or whether or not you’re…Tom Brady, that sometimes you have to hang up the cleats when it comes to being leader of your particular party or leader of your organization.”

“I think she recognizes that,” Sellers said. “Part of being a great leader is knowing when it is time to turn the reins over.”

“More needs to be done”

The 81-year-old Democrat announced her plans to seek re-election in a statement shared on Twitter on Tuesday.

“While we have made progress much more needs to be done to improve people’s lives,” she wrote. “This election is crucial: nothing less is at stake than our Democracy. But we don’t agonize — we organize. I am running for re-election to Congress to deliver For The People and defend Democracy.”

Attached to the speaker’s tweet is a video in which Pelosi thanks her supporters for allowing her to represent “our San Francisco values.”

In the clip, Pelosi goes on outline several issues that will be paramount to her legislative efforts, should she win again this fall, including combating combat change and achieving what she calls “transportation justice.” But she made clear that she’s returning primarily to fight back against the GOP — or try to, anyway. Take a look:

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