Rep. Debbie Dingell, D-Mich., on Thursday refused to talk about whether Democrats need new leadership in the House, and said those are "false discussions" that are meant to distract Democrats as they try to reclaim the majority in 2018.
"Why are we having this discussion? I represent my district and in my district, it's my name that's on the bumper sticker," Dingell said on CNN after being asked whether Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., might hurt Democrats next year if she remains the leader for the party in the House.
"I don't think that that's the discussion that we need to be having right now, and I won't have that discussion because it's people trying to divide us, and that's what people are trying to do is, every place, divide us with fear and hatred," Dingell said.
"I want to talk about the issues, and I'm going to talk about the issues, and I think it's a sheer distraction when we try to have these discussions," Dingell continued. "They're false discussions."
Some lawmakers have questioned whether it's good to have Pelosi as the public face of the party, including Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, who challenged Pelosi for her leadership post late last year, and Rep. Seth Moulton, D-Mass., who is pushing for a new generation of Democratic politicians to lead the party.