Incoming Rep. Lori Trahan to support Pelosi for speaker

Incoming Rep. Lori Trahan to support Pelosi for speaker

Their pledge to oppose Pelosi, D-Calif., both in an internal caucus election November 28 and a January 3 floor vote, delivered in a letter sent to Democratic colleagues, comes as Pelosi has marshaled a legion of supporters on and off Capitol Hill to make her case.

On the other, Pelosi's critics say she has become such a weight on the party, starring as the chief villain in Republican attack ads against Democrats, that she needs to step aside and make way for a new generation of leadership.

"It'd be really hard for Republicans to do that, but there is no greater foil than Nancy Pelosi", Chaffetz said.

Pelosi seems certain to have enough support to become her party's nominee for speaker when House Democrats hold a secret ballot election on November 28.

Either way, the letter also includes the signatures of Ben McAdams (D-Utah) and Anthony Brindisi (D-N.Y.), whose races haven't been called, meaning it's possible there are only 14 Democrats effectively pledged against Pelosi at the moment.

Yes, I think wasn't it Ronald Reagan who said Orange County is where good Republicans go to die? Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio), who is toying with a speaker run herself, was removed from the letter. One of the letter-signers may not even make it to Congress - Democrat Ben McAdams now trails Rep. Mia Love in a too-close-to-call race in Utah. "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. "She is a historic figure whose leadership has been instrumental to some of our party's most important legislative achievements".

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The California Democrat is favored by most Democrats to lead them, as she has done since 2003, when the new Congress convenes in January. Several incoming lawmakers also signed the letter, including Joe Cunningham of South Carolina. Rep.

It's notable that those Democrats ― all incoming freshman with the exception of Lamb ― didn't sign the long-touted 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", she said. Numerous freshman Democrats who avoided questions about whether they'd back Pelosi met with her last week, and are now on-record as supporting Pelosi's bid.

Pelosi, for her part, has signaled confidence throughout this whole experience that she will be elected.

He added that intra-caucus elections normally happen this week, but the fact that no speaker has been chosen shows Pelosi does not have the votes needed.

"What counts is the vote and Jared, he's not equivocating at all", he said. "She deserves this victory, she earned it", he said. "And right now I believe that she's an effective person in that job".