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Cheri Bustos, who leads House Democrats’ campaign arm, says she won’t seek another term as chairwoman.

Cheri Bustos, who leads House Democrats’ campaign arm, says she won’t seek another term as chairwoman.

first_imgThe outcome was a painful and embarrassing turn for Ms. Bustos, 59, who was considered a rising star in the party who was particularly adept at devising strategies for Democrats running in conservative-leaning districts.Her departure will clear the way for others competing for the campaign committee position. Already some Democrats are pitching Representative Tony Cárdenas of California for the post. Mr. Cárdenas, who represents the Los Angeles area, could potentially help the party reorient after losing significant ground to Republicans among Latino voters in Florida, Texas and some other states.Representative Sean Patrick Maloney of New York, who is expected to win his district in the heart of Hudson Valley though it has not yet been called, formally announced his candidacy for the position, according to a letter obtained by The New York Times. – Advertisement – Ms. Bustos will remain in her position in the coming weeks, as Democrats continue to battle for a dozen or so seats where vote-counting continues. But she said she would not seek any other leadership post days after Democrats from the party’s moderate and progressive wings traded blame over the losses on a caucus conference call.“Instead, I will focus my efforts legislatively to help President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris as we build back better for the people,” Ms. Bustos said. Representative Cheri Bustos of Illinois, the leader of the House Democrats’ campaign arm, told colleagues on Monday that she would not seek another term as chairwoman after she led her party to unexpected losses last week and only narrowly won her own re-election race.In a letter to colleagues, Ms. Bustos conceded she had “hoped for better results” and was “gutted at the losses we sustained” even as she noted that she had delivered on “job No. 1,” maintaining the majority.- Advertisement – Democrats had entered the election on the offensive, predicting they would grow their majority and protect all but a handful of incumbents in red-leaning districts. Instead, Democrats are on track to lose six to 10 seats and failed to capture almost every pickup opportunity.- Advertisement – “My experience will allow me to better support our vulnerable members — especially our historically diverse group of frontline members — without sacrificing our shared principles,” Mr. Maloney wrote, citing his fund-raising, professional background and the makeup of his district as part of his pitch. Ms. Bustos was still expected to convene a briefing for Democratic lawmakers on Tuesday to discuss the election results. In her letter, she said the campaign committee would conduct a review “to better understand why the national polling and modeling environment failed to materialize.”In a statement, Speaker Nancy Pelosi praised Ms. Bustos as “a leader of great integrity and inspiration” and thanked her for her service. – Advertisement –last_img read more

Aussies cruise to fifth straight ODIwin after Finch’s unbeaten 154

Aussies cruise to fifth straight ODIwin after Finch’s unbeaten 154

first_imgAUSTRALIA’s surging one-day international form has continued after Aaron Finch’s monster century and a dominant partnership with Usman Khawaja propelled them to another comprehensive win over Pakistan in Sharjah.Finch (153 not out off 143) amassed his second century in as many games and 13th overall, while Khawaja (88 off 107) picked up where he left off in the recent series against India in posting another substantial total from the top of the order.The eight-wicket win was eerily similar to Friday’s at the same ground when they reeled in 281, with the opening two matches of the series marking two of the three highest run chases at the venue that has hosted more ODIs than any other.There were a few nervy moments in the dying overs, but the result never truly appeared in doubt as the tourists claimed the same margin of victory as two days earlier, dropping just two wickets en route to their target.Pakistan’s decision to promote Mohammad Rizwan up from No.8 to No.4 had earlier proved canny, with the wicketkeeper-batsman cracking his maiden ODI century to see Pakistan post a competitive 7-284.But an exhilarating entrance to international cricket from debutant tearaway Mohammad Hasnain aside, Pakistan barely fired a shot with the ball as Finch and Khawaja both played chanceless innings.Their 209-run stand was Australia’s fifth-highest ODI opening partnership.The only negative for the tourists was an injury to Jhye Richardson, whose involvement in the remainder of the five-game series is in question after the paceman dislocated his shoulder in a nasty fall.Rizwan shared in a 127-run fifth-wicket partnership with skipper Shoaib Malik after his side had wobbled to 2-35 and then 4-112 nearing the halfway point of their innings.Rizwan is standing in behind the stumps for regular captain and gloveman Sarfraz Ahmed, but his well-crafted 115 off 126 balls will have done his hopes of making Pakistan’s World Cup squad no harm.After Malik won the toss and batted for the second time in three days, Richardson’s afternoon began far better than it ended less than an hour later, offering another glimpse of his skills with the new ball.Australia’s pacemen had failed to make any early inroads on a similar-looking pitch from the first game, but two days later, Richardson had both openers dismissed inside the first six overs.But the Western Australian was also soon back in the sheds, sporting a blue brace around his right arm to signal the end of his involvement in the game, and possibly the series.What began as a likely tactic to make up Richardson’s remaining overs turned out to be a masterstroke from Finch, who brought himself on to send down his part-time left-arm spinners and duly had first ODI century-maker Haris Sohail caught behind for 34.The introduction of Hasnain, who Pakistan legend Waqar Younis said should have opened the bowling, gave Finch and Khawaja plenty to think about with a series of vicious short balls.But after a hostile opening spell that saw Finch struck on the helmet, the 18-year-old, who had never played a domestic one-dayer let alone a fully-fledged ODI before Sunday, posed less of a threat as the night wore on and the opening stand grew ever larger.Pakistan briefly had their tails up after Khawaja was finally out slog sleeping and the promoted Maxwell, after twice smashing Imad Wasim onto the stadium’s roof, ran himself out.A run-a-ball chase for the final six overs suddenly looked a tricky one, as Pakistan missed a series of run-out opportunities and scoring became tougher on a wearing track with a ball beginning to reverse-swing.But after bringing up his first-ever ODI 150, Finch hit the winning runs to give the Aussies a 2-0 series lead.last_img read more