Impeachment shouldn’t be top priority for House Dems, says progressive strategist

Progressive strategist Delvone Michael on Thursday said that House Democrats first move upon taking back the House shouldn’t be impeachment, saying likely Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiJohn Lewis joins Ocasio-Cortez on climate change push Dem House newcomers split on supporting Pelosi for Speaker Reelection campaign starts now, like it or not MORE (D-Calif.) should strive to implement a more “measured” agenda.

“As far as investigations go, she should be extremely measured — I don’t think impeachment should be the first thing that comes — I know the mob wants that but some adults have to be adults in the room,” Michael, a senior political strategist at Working Families, told Hill.TV co-hosts Krystal Ball and Buck Sexton on “Rising.”

Pelosi is poised to become Speaker for the second time after Democrats regained control of the House on Tuesday. Even though the top Democratic leader's position has been under threat by her own party, Michael argues she will ultimately be a unifying force — even among progressives.

He cites that she is “a strong leader and outside pressure will not dictate what she does.”

While the strategist thinks the House Russia probe needs to be revisited, he thinks congressional Democrats should focus on issues like infrastructure and voting rights.

“My thinking is that they should put forth an agenda towards infrastructure, some Democracy — you saw what happened down there in Georgia,” he said, citing the governor’s race between Democratic candidate Stacey Abrams and Republican Brian Kemp.

Voting rights issues have become front and center of the Georgia race.

In October, a federal judge ruled for Georgia election officials to stop rejecting absentee ballots with mismatched signatures. 

There's also some question about whether the state provided enough voting machines. The Atlanta-Journal Constitution reported that hundreds of voting machines remained locked up in government facilities amid a surge of voter turnout in the state.

But the race is not over yet.

A day after declaring victory, Kemp stepped down on Thursday as Georgia Secretary of State after Democrats accused his position and oversight of state elections, including his own, a conflict of interest.

So far, Abrams has showed no signs conceding the race to Kemp until all of the ballots can be accounted for.

"Votes remain to be counted, there are voices that remain to be heard," she said at a rally on Wednesday. 

— Tess Bonn