“Chairman Engel is the chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee. He also has unique privilege, which is unique and it wouldn’t happen again … he is also not only the chairman of Foreign Affairs, he is a senior member of the Energy and Commerce Committee,” Pelosi said.
“That wouldn’t happen again — that’s a lot of power,” she added.
Many senior Democrats have rallied behind Engel, who recently received an endorsement from the Congressional Black Caucus, which has stressed seniority over upstart left challengers. Some progressives have criticized the CBC for backing Engel over Bowman, who is African American.
Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-N.Y.), chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus Political Action Committee, said he firmly stood behind Engel and that the “hot mic” moment was “tiny in comparison to his long record in Congress.”
“I think Mr. Engel should be judged on his record, which has been stellar. https://www.politico.com/news/2020/06/04/pelosi-engel-new-york-primary-301507?fbclid=IwAR2OEgg3_r1CSAmWtvxBcNLkQPSzApBBCjyO2p68_M9HEGvlCLLRWxk9IgI