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Top House Dem resigned from leadership after colleagues voiced ‘discomfort’ about his attacks on Biden

Rep. Dean Phillip, D-Minn., recently stepped down from his House Democratic leadership role in a move that Fox News Digital is told was not forced but the “writing was on the wall” over his calls for a primary challenger to President Biden.

“I have decided to step down from the DPCC & Democratic Caucus leadership,” Phillips announced on Sunday. “While politics & official work do not mix, it’s clear my convictions about 2024 are incongruent with the position of my colleagues & that was causing discomfort. I was not pressured or forced to resign.”

Fox News Digital is told that Phillips was not pushed out of his role and that leadership was generally supportive of Phillips but that his criticism of President Biden caused ripples in the caucus. 

“The writing was on the wall,” said one source.

President Joe Biden

President Biden speaks in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, D.C., on Friday, Sept. 15, 2023. (Chris Kleponis/CNP/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

Phillips told “The Warning” podcast last week that he is “thinking about it” when asked if he is considering running against Biden. 

“I haven’t ruled it out,” he added.

“I think there are people who are more proximate, better prepared to campaign with national organizations, national name recognition, which I do not possess,” Phillips added. “I’m concerned that there is no alternative.”

Rep. Phillips did not respond to Fox News Digital’s request for comment. Rep. Kamlager-Dove declined to comment.

Andrew Mark Miller is a reporter at Fox News. Find him on Twitter @andymarkmiller and email tips to AndrewMark.Miller@Fox.com.

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