House Democrats Promise to Oppose Pelosi for Speaker

Anti-Pelosi Democrats publicly vow opposition in House speaker race: 'The time has come for new leadership'

Pelosi continues to project confidence that she has the votes to be elected speaker and she is still running unchallenged, though Rep. Marcia Fudge of OH has said she is considering entering the race.

Whip operation aside however, there's another glaring challenge for Pelosi's detractors: she doesn't yet face a definitive challenger. "The move to oust Pelosi comes two weeks after Democrats seized control of the House with their largest majority since 1974". Pelosi seems sure to win her party's nomination to be speaker when Democrats vote on that after Thanksgiving. She has more recently become a punching bag for Republicans, despite having a record of bipartisan legislative achievement.

I don't know how this is going to work out.

Earlier this month, Pelosi's spokesperson told Politico that "Leader Pelosi is confident in her support among Members and Members-elect". 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.

The topic of a challenge to Pelosi is a hot one and came up on Fox News Channel's Outnumbered on Monday, during which segment they noted that Pelosi's supporters include non-politicians like tennis star Martina Navratilova.

Ironically, Pelosi once said in 2013 that she was done seeking the speakership position again.

Pelosi, meanwhile, has expressed complete confidence that she will retake the speaker's gavel in January - eight years after she lost it following massive Republican gains in the 2010 midterms and 16 years after she was first elevated to the top Democratic leadership post in the House.

But also missing from the letter were the signatures of Representative Conor Lamb and four newly elected Democrats - all of whom had pledged to support efforts to displace Pelosi on the campaign trail.

"We promised to change the status quo, and we intend to deliver on that promise", they wrote.

To be clear, this isn't just about the internal House Democratic Caucus election of a leader, which is expected to take place on November 28. The letter was initially supposed to be released last week.

"As we head toward the 116th Congress and reclaim our Democratic majority, we believe more strongly than ever that the time has come for new leadership", the letter states. She's likely to overcome such a threshold, depending on how large the Democratic majority shakes out to be.

There are other Democrats who have also signaled strong opposition to Pelosi. "She deserves this victory, she earned it", he said.

Moulton publicly praised Fudge last week on CNN, saying she is "the kind of new leader that we need in this party".

"Right now, as far as I understand, she's the only person running, so that makes for a very easy decision", Scanlon told reporters as the incoming legislators began orientation last week. "It would be nice if there were arguments being made to [new members] that were substantive as opposed to getting outside money people or advocacy groups ... to threaten that you're gonna lose support if you don't support Nancy Pelosi".

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