Democrat Dean Phillips steps down from House Democratic leadership after opposing President Biden's 2024 run

October 2, 2023

Representative Dean Phillips (D-MN) is stepping down from his position in House Democratic leadership because of his prior decision to publicly float the idea of mounting a challenge to President Joe Biden in 2024.

Phillips told Axios that he was stepping down as co-chair of the Democratic Policy and Communications Committee because his views no longer aligned with the greater Democrat caucus in the House.

The lawmaker explained, "My convictions relative to the 2024 presidential race are incongruent with the majority of my caucus, and I felt it appropriate to step aside from elected leadership."

Phillips's future is in doubt as he is a centrist Democrat in a deep red district and without support from the wider Democrat Party, he could easily lose his seat to a Republican challenger.

The congressman landed himself in hot water after he called for Democrats to challenge President Biden in the primary because of the legal trouble that Hunter Biden has created around the Biden administration.

Since then, Phillips has made it clear that he is an enemy of President Biden, and that puts him at odds with the rest of his party. It wouldn't be surprising to see a potential party change in Phillips's future.

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