Ope, sorry: Midwestern House Dems push for leaders between the coasts

A vocal group of Midwestern Democrats is telling it straight: Their party has a flyover country problem.

And Democrats are going to have to do a lot more than move up Michigan in their presidential primary calendar to solve it.

Rep. Debbie Dingell summed up the warning while recently pitching herself for a caucus leadership position. The Michigander presented fellow House Democrats with a map showing the home states of their top leaders — a constellation of dots up and down the nation’s two coasts, with virtually nothing in between.

The sight stunned many lawmakers. Within hours, her map was in front of President Joe Biden. Dingell lost her leadership race, to a Californian no less, but she’s breaking through with her call for the party to home in on the middle of the country or risk losing

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