Nancy Pelosi Confident She Has Votes For Speaker As Opponents Go Public
- Author: Sonia Alvarado Nov 21, 2018,
Nov 21, 2018, 1:46
Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio), whose name is on this letter, removed himself from a letter in 2016 that sought to delay leadership elections when he ran against Pelosi for the minority leader position to make it look less like the letter was about his bid for the position.
"Would-be challengers are keenly aware of the huge power Ms. Pelosi wields, and fearful of institutional retribution and reputational damage if they step forward to test the status quo", the Times reported.
But part of Pelosi's strategy is warning members of her party that taking her down would give power to a minority of Democrats, similar to the conservative House Freedom Caucus and the influence it has wielded over the eight years of a Republican majority.
No Democrat has stepped forward to directly challenge Pelosi for House speaker, so she remains the overwhelming favorite to win next week's internal vote.
"When we finally get into the majority I think we have to do all we can to keep these new members here, to support them in whatever campaign promise that they made", Rice told reporters last week. "Our majority came on the backs of candidates who said that they would support new leadership because voters in hard-won districts, and across the country, want to see real change in Washington", the letter continues.
"We are thankful to Leader Pelosi for her years of service to our Country and to our Caucus". Two of the signers - Ben McAdams of Utah and Anthony Brindisi of NY - are in undecided election races where the votes haven't yet been fully counted. But while the letter indicates that Pelosi has a math problem, there are already signs she may be able to overcome the opposition.
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Fudge, a former chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, sat down for an interview with the Washington Post last Thursday, where she said she's been "overwhelmed" by all the support from some of her Democratic colleagues. Either an "aye" vote for Pelosi or an abstention is an effective endorsement of her candidacy for the speaker's office.
Also worth noting? Five other Democratic lawmakers who have previously pledged to oppose Pelosi did not sign the letter. "If we are going to turn a page and bring civility back to the political discussions, we need to change the people who are directing that conversation", Spanberger said, appearing with Shalala on ABC.
Nancy Pelosi has set a caucus vote for November 28.
One potential rival, Rep. Martha Fudge of OH, did not sign onto the letter.
The California Democrat is favored by most Democrats to lead them, as she has done since 2003, when the new Congress convenes in January.
There are other Democrats who have also signaled strong opposition to Pelosi. That margin could shift, though, if lawmakers are absent or simply vote "present", which reduces the threshold. She said last week that she wouldn't need Republican votes and taunted Fudge about potentially running.