Nancy Pelosi ‘needs to be REPLACED as Speaker’ – but there could be a Dem power vacuum, AOC says

NANCY Pelosi "needs to be replaced as House Speaker" – but there could be a Democratic power vacuum, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said.

AOC made the comments during a podcast interview with "The Intercept," that aired on Thursday.

"I do think we need new leadership in the Democratic Party," Ocasio-Cortez said.

"I think one of the things that I have struggled with, I think that a lot of people struggle with, is the internal dynamics of the House has made it such that there [are] very little options for succession."

House Democrats nominated Pelosi last month to be the speaker who guides them during Joe Biden's leadership.

To become speaker again, Pelosi will need more votes than House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, who's likely to garner nearly unanimous GOP support.

That means Pelosi will need roughly 218 votes to win, meaning she cannot afford to lose Democratic support.

Though she’s likely to succeed, it won’t be simple because when Pelosi was elected speaker in January 2019, 15 Democrats opposed her.

Ten remain in Congress plus Reps Anthony Brindisi, whose race remains uncalled, and Jeff Van Drew, who became a Republican.

Despite hoping for new leadership in the party, AOC admitted that there "isn't a plan" if Pelosi is voted out.

"My concern — and I acknowledge this as a failing, as something that we need to sort out — is that there isn't a plan," she said.

"How do we fill that vacuum? Because if you create that vacuum, there are so many nefarious forces at play to fill that vacuum with something even worse.

"And so, the actual sad state of affairs is that there are folks more conservative than even they are willing to kind of fill that void."

She went on to blame Democrats leaving Capitol Hill on the fact there is a lack of leadership opportunities.

"The answer is we need to shift power," Ocasio-Cortez said. "We need to make sure that we have a transition of power in the Democratic Party."

And despite trying to find a new alternative, AOC confirmed that she would not run as Pelosi's replacement.

"The House is extraordinarily complex and I'm not ready," she said. "It can't be me. I know that I couldn't do that job."

It was initially reported last month that the Democrats were planning to oust Pelosi after the House election collapse.

Pelosi's dominance over the House decreased after the Dems expected to increase their majority by at least 12 more seats.

The Republican Party kicked out several incumbents, defended representatives, and narrowed the gap between the rival political parties.

Two House Dems told The Hill that they, and other centrists, had planned to oust Pelosi, replacing her with House Democratic Caucus Chairman Hakeem Jeffries for Speaker in the next Congress.

Although Jeffries rejected it, the bold move to get rid of the California politician marks a significant shift, the publication noted.

“Pelosi needed to hammer Trump but instead she chose to let him slide,” an ex-senior Democratic aide said. “Last night should have been a bloodbath for Republicans.”

"It's time for Democrats to elevate a new generation of leadership in both the House and the Senate," agreed another Dem lawmaker.

"Americans are clearly afraid of ‘socialism,’ want safe streets and neighborhoods and to vote for people who they believe will help put more money in their pockets.

"While Democratic policies can adequately address those issues our messaging mechanism clearly cannot."

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