Many on the left clearly hoped that the Democratic Party would build on its narrow majority in Congress following next year’s midterm elections.
Those hopes appear to be increasingly out of reach, however, as the Democratic Party’s razor-thin advantage continues to grow slimmer with a series of resignations.
“Public health, safety, and economic crisis”
As Breitbart reported, U.S. Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA) announced her candidacy for the Los Angeles mayoral race coming up in November.
In a statement on Monday, she cited the “public health, safety, and economic crisis in homelessness” that has continued to impact the city as her motivation for throwing her hat in the ring.
“I’ve spent my entire life bringing groups of people together in coalitions to solve complex problems and produce concrete change — especially in times of crisis,” Bass added.
Although she now asserts that her “whole heart” is in the latest political bid, she insisted as recently as last month that she had no plans to seek municipal office.
“I was honored and flattered that people have approached me and asked me to think about it, but one step at a time: policing, infrastructure, redistricting,” Bass said in August. “I have a lot on my plate.”
“It’s bigger than any one of us”
While her resignation from Congress could present additional concerns for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and other leaders in her party, it is likely that the vacated seat will be filled by another Democrat. After all, Bass won her last race with a whopping 85.9% of the vote.
If she wins her mayoral contest, however, it could cause short-term problems until a new representative takes her place.
There are currently 220 Democrats and 212 Republicans in the House. Three seats are currently vacant, including two previously held by Democrats and one held by a Republican.
That slim margin grows even more precarious when considering the recent intraparty tension between moderates and progressives in the party.
Far-left Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) addressed the issue earlier this year upon grudgingly voting for Pelosi to remain the House speaker, asserting: “We are just an extremely slim amount of votes away from risking the speakership to the Republican Party. It’s bigger than any one of us.”