Minnesota Media Gives Dean Phillips a Pass on Pelosi Speaker Nomination

Dean Phillips

Rep.-elect Dean Phillips (D-MN-03) is declining to state his position on House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA-12), but Minnesota’s media doesn’t seem to care.

Phillips called for “a new generation of leadership” in the Democratic Party on the campaign trail, but has mostly avoided the subject ever since his election. As Battleground State News recently reported, Phillips declined to tell reporters in Washington, D.C. how he voted during his party’s closed-door caucus meeting on November 28.

That meeting handed Pelosi the party’s nomination for Speaker of the House, and just 32 Democrats voted against a Pelosi speakership. According to The Hill, Phillips is one of eight Democrats who have yet to say how they voted during the meeting.

Phillips then made a December 2 appearance on WCCO with Esme Murphy, but wasn’t asked about his stance on Pelosi. Instead, Murphy asked the freshmen congressman about the passing of President George H.W. Bush, the border wall (he doesn’t support it), and the prospect of a Trump impeachment.

In an article discussing the interview with Phillips, WCCO touted his victory as “one of the biggest wins this last election,” saying “he is ready to champion a progressive agenda.”

“Defeating a long-term incumbent congressman is never easy, but businessman and philanthropist Dean Phillips handily beat Congressman Erik Paulsen in the November midterm election,” the article continues.

Battleground State News reached out to Phillips to ask where he stands on a Pelosi speakership, but didn’t receive a response in time for publication.

Phillips ran on a campaign of transparency, vowing to host frequent town halls for his constituents and comparing his opponent to Bigfoot because of his inaccessibility. After his victory, Phillips announced that “his first public town-hall meeting will be held in early December,” but he doesn’t have any upcoming events scheduled.

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Anthony Gockowski is managing editor of Battleground State News and The Minnesota Sun. Follow Anthony on Twitter. Email tips to [email protected].







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