New York Rep. Steve Israel held a press conference with Rep. Nancy Pelosi yesterday to welcome new House Democrats, and on Starting Point today the Congressman weighs in on the Minority Leader's political future.
"I hope she decides to stay," Israel says. Discussing the recent election, Israel says that "more than anything, [Pelosi] has helped elect a class of problem solvers."
Regarding the impending fiscal cliff, Israel stresses, "Solutions have a mandate. Compromise has a mandate... In this election, most of the Tea Party generals, the icons of the Tea Party, they ended up getting defeated in this election, so that's the mandate we have."
Rep. Israel also addresses the ongoing power outages in Long Island caused by Hurricane Sandy, calling the situation "outrageous and unacceptable."
"This was a management disaster trying to manage a disaster," Israel says. "LIPA needs a top to bottom reform in accountability."