Representative Cheri Bustos won’t seek a second term as chairwoman of the Democratic Congressional Committee after Democrats lost seats in the 2020 election, CBS News has learned. House Republicans substantially outperformed the DCCC’s expectations, and at least seven Democratic incumbents lost their reelection races,in the House.
Many Democrats were surprised by the number of defeats they suffered — moderates like New York Representative Max Rose were casualties of this election. House Democrats expressed their displeasure with Tuesday’s outcome in a call last week, with moderate Democratic Representative Abigail Spanberger arguing that the “defund the police” movement had threatened her own reelection. Her colleague, Democratic Representative Cedric Richmond,
And, of South Carolina, told CBSN Monday, “‘Defund the police’ is killing our party, and we’ve got to stop it.”
Bustos herself barely held onto her seat, winning reelection in her Illinois district by just three points.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi praised her in a statement after the announcement. Bustos was elected to the position in 2019.
“It is with great admiration and gratitude that I recognize the leadership of Cheri Bustos as chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee,” Pelosi said. “Strengthened by the values of the heartland, Chairwoman Bustos shaped a mainstream message, mobilized effectively and attracted the resources to do so. Chairwoman Bustos brought strategic thinking, political astuteness and boundless stamina to Hold The House, with the added challenge of the coronavirus.”