Small group of House Democrats are causing problems for the party: Report

 April 2, 2023

The Washington Examiner reports that two Democratic members of the U.S. House of Representatives are causing problems for their party. 

The Examiner identifies these two individuals as U.S. Reps. Katie Porter (D-CA) and Elissa Slotkin (D-MI).

These are two of seven Democratic members of the House who are looking to move on up to the U.S. Senate in 2024.

According to the Examiner, however, Porter and Slotkin's Senate bids - as opposed to the five others - are proving to be particularly problematic for House Democrats.

What's going on?

The Republicans just managed to win back control of the U.S. House in the 2022 midterm elections. With U.S. Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) as House speaker, the Republicans currently hold a slim 222 to 213 lead over their Democratic counterparts.

It is not the biggest lead ever seen in the House, but it is nonetheless a lead. And, much to the Democrats' dismay, the House Republicans have been capitalizing on this lead in various ways, including by launching investigations into various things that the Democrats do not want to be investigated, such as the international business dealings of the Biden family.

With that in mind, the Democrats are looking to regain control of the House as soon as possible.

The next opportunity to do so is in 2024.

Some House Democrats, though, have bigger plans - at least for themselves, and this, as stated, is what is causing trouble for those Democrats looking to regain control of the House.

Costly decisions

Porter, one of the problematic House Democrats, has entered the crowded race for the U.S. Senate seat of U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D), who is retiring.

This is problematic because, according to the Examiner, in doing so, "Porter will leave behind a competitive Orange County House seat in California’s 47th Congressional District." In contrast, if Porter sought reelection, the race would be less competitive and she would be expected to win.

It's the same story for Slotkin, who is running to replace U.S. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), another Democratic Senator who is retiring.

The Examiner reports, "the House seat Slotkin is vacating, the Lansing area and northwestern Detroit exurbs 7th Congressional District, could flip to Republicans under the right political circumstances." Once again, Slotkin would be expected to win reelection easily, as she has done before.

Now, the Examiner reports that Porter's and Slotkin's "2024 Senate bids practically guarantee Democrats and allies will need to spend tens of millions of dollars to defend these House districts." 2024 is looking shakier and shakier for the Democrats.

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