Pelosi broadens leadership team in fight to retain post

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi is moving to broaden her leadership team by naming three junior lawmakers to chair the party’s messaging arm.

Pelosi has also named two-term California colleague Eric Swalwell to co-chair the panel responsible for making committee assignments.

The announcement comes days before a leadership election in which Pelosi is being challenged by Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan for the party post she has held since 2002.

Pelosi is likely to retain her post, but Friday’s moves come amid restiveness in the Democratic caucus, especially among junior members, after the elections.

Pelosi has named Illinois’ Cheri Bustos, New York’s Hakeem Jeffries and Pennsylvania’s Matt Cartwright to the Democratic Policy and Communications Committee, noting they would take a role in fighting GOP proposals to cut Medicare.