Colorado U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter is trying to negotiate concessions from California Rep. Nancy Pelosi in return for his support for her bid to remain the Speaker of the House.
But for Rep.-Elect Jason Crow, those compromises wouldn't be enough to win his support.
Perlmutter is open to supporting Pelosi if she agrees to create a pipeline for new leadership in the House and establish term limits for committee chairs.
Crow maintains that he will not vote for Pelosi, even if Perlmutter's negotiations succeed.
"For me, it’s really about making sure the Democratic party is having a conversation about leadership, about leadership succession, about how do we build the bench in the next generation of folks that can lead our party forward," Crow told CPR News on Friday.
Perlmutter represents District 7, which covers swaths of the Denver metro in Jefferson and Adams counties. Voters in Aurora, Littleton and Brighton turned District 6 blue when they elected Crow in the midterms.
Pelosi is the only candidate running for Speaker as of now. While she won her place as the Democratic Party's nominee, Pelosi still needs to wrangle more votes to secure a majority before the January election.
Colorado's other freshman lawmaker, Joe Neguse, has said he will vote for Pelosi.
"I think it's important that we have steady leadership," Neguse said in a November interview with Colorado Matters.
Neguse represents District 2, which includes Boulder, Fort Collins and Vail.
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