"At a meeting Friday of the centrist New Democrat Coalition, a group she rarely visits, Ms. Pelosi argued that allowing her adversaries to take her down would thwart the will of a majority of the party and leave it paralyzed in the same way that the ultraconservative Freedom Caucus has stymied House Republicans", the New York Times reported. Yet, for all the Democratic support she's lost, Pelosi may be gaining some love on the other side of the aisle. If that holds, it could be enough to derail her bid.
I don't know how this is going to work out.
The vote on a new speaker will be among the first cast in the new Congress, a dramatic roll call that often becomes fodder for campaign ads. It also leaves Pelosi room to cut deals to quell her critics and reclaim the House's top spot. Ben McAdams, who is challenging Utah Republican incumbent Rep. Mia Love, has fallen behind in the vote count of that race, and Anthony Brindisi's challenge to GOP Rep. Claudia Tunney in NY is still too close to call.
Democrats Brian Higgins of upstate NY and Kathleen Rice of Long Island were among those who signed the letter. A small group working to oust her has been unable to recruit a challenger, though Rep. Marcia Fudge, D-Ohio, a former chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, is weighing a run.
And what was remarkable to me is, I went and I looked at the vote share, how much - what percentage of the vote Donald Trump got in those districts in 2016 and compared it to how Republicans candidates did in 2018, and that they're nearly identical. On Monday, 16 Democrats signed a letter indicating they will not be voting for her.
"If your strategy relies upon Nancy Pelosi giving up, you will lose every single time", one of her aides told The San Francisco Chronicle.
In this last election, they said, "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 is signed mostly by white men, with the exception of Kathleen Rice (D-N.Y.) and Linda Sanchez (D-Calif.).
Notably absent from the letter is Ohio Rep.
There are other Democrats who have also signaled strong opposition to Pelosi. She has not signed on. "I think the party and the country deserve new leadership", said Massachusetts Congressman Seth Moulton.
Rep. Lauren Underwood of IL said Sunday, "I have not made up my mind".
Ironically, Pelosi once said in 2013 that she was done seeking the speakership position again. She's likely to overcome such a threshold, depending on how large the Democratic majority shakes out to be. If fifteen Democrats vote against Pelosi on the floor, she wins the gavel by one vote.
They are heading toward an internal caucus vote when lawmakers return from the Thanksgiving recess that will test Pelosi's support.
Reynolds said Golden doesn't see any need to sign a letter since he's been on the record about his opposition to Pelosi as speaker. Fudge has said she will decide after Thanksgiving if she is running. It poses a threat to Nancy Pelosi's effort to become speaker.
Some freshmen appear to be moving in Pelosi's direction.
"She's a very wealthy person".