As Democrats in Congress regroup after losing the White House and prepare for life under a President Donald Trump, talks are escalating over a change of leadership in the House, and Massachusetts delegation members have emerged as among the most vocal in that unfolding debate.


As Democrats in Congress regroup after losing the White House and prepare for life under a President Donald Trump, talks are escalating over a change of leadership in the House, and Massachusetts delegation members have emerged as among the most vocal in that unfolding debate.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi assented Tuesday to a delay in leadership elections until after Thanksgiving, giving Democrats who have been in the House minority since 2011, time to assess how they want to move forward. While several Bay State representatives have fared well under Pelosi's leadership, newcomer Rep. Seth Moulton of Salem spearheaded the effort to delay the vote and some more veteran members of the delegation have signaled the time may be right for a change.

"There is broad angst in the Democratic caucus, "Rep. Richard Neal, the dean of the delegation from Springfield, told reporters Tuesday, according to the Washington Post.

"To stick with the same message over four bad election cycles is a mistake," he said. "I think part of it is that the messengers have to change."

No Massachusetts members of Congress have called outright for Pelosi to be replaced, but several have said it's a topic worth discussing after Trump's victory sent shock waves through the party and led Democratic leaders nationally and in Massachusetts to reconsider the party's core message and how it gets delivered to voters.

"As we begin the 115th Congress, House Democrats must take the time to reflect on the message the American people sent us last Tuesday. Delaying the vote on leadership positions is the necessary first step to have that conversation. The American people cried out last week and we've got to listen," Moulton said in a statement after Tuesday's decision to delay.

After a decade of Pelosi leading the House Democratic caucus in both the minority and majority, Ohio Congressman Tim Ryan is reportedly mulling a challenge to the California lawmaker.

"I love Nancy Pelosi, but I'm a coach. I kind of think there comes a time...The Democratic caucus has to go back real clearly and have this discussion and we will be doing that," U.S. Rep. Michael Capuano said last week during an appearance on WGBH's "Greater Boston."