In threat to Pelosi, 16 Dems say they'll back new leadership

In threat to Pelosi, 16 Dems say they'll back new leadership

Sixteen House Democrats and incoming members of Congress signed and released a letter to their Democratic colleagues on Monday saying they "believe more strongly than ever that the time has come for new leadership in our caucus".

While the letter represents an obstacle to Pelosi's candidacy, it is by no means a death knell. "The move to oust Pelosi comes two weeks after Democrats seized control of the House with their largest majority since 1974". On Monday, 16 Democrats signed a letter indicating they will not be voting for her. 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.

"I intend to win the speakership with Democratic votes", she told reporters. Democrats are distancing themselves from Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) by the day and hoping she does not regain the speaker's gavel.

Rep. Tom Reed (R-NY), who has suggested he'd vote for Pelosi, had to explain his support for her too. They may be less solid in their opposition to Pelosi than many may think, and they may also be looking to avoid the backlash the letter is certain to bring.

Other freshmen who have said they would oppose Pelosi did not sign the letter, and the fight for their allegiance is raging behind the scenes.

Exactly who would replace Nancy Pelosi as House Speaker remains to be seen, one potential candidate is Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-OH), who castigated Pelosi as a wealthy elitist in an interview with The Huffington Post last week. Our majority came on the backs of candidates who said that they would suport new leadership because voters in hard-won districts, and across the country, want to see real change in Washington.

Pelosi is confident she has the votes in the closed session where she would be nominated, but 17 Democrats have signed a letter thanking her for her service and calling for the next generation of leadership. At 232 seats, Pelosi could afford to lose just 14 Democrats and still become speaker.

"According what I've been reading, Nancy Pelosi is now a progressive".

Even with Fudge off and some Democrats shaky, the opposition is still enough at this point to block Pelosi from being speaker. The number of votes she needs could also change if some members vote "present", thus lowering the majority threshold. Moulton denied the claim, insisting that more women were quietly behind the effort who declined to sign the letter.

Pelosi's critics say the party's long-serving top leaders must make room for younger members. If sixteen Democrats vote against her ...

"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", she said.

An aide to Rep. Peter DeFazio of Springfield said he has not said publicly how he will vote.

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