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Ocasio-Cortez says people keep mistaking her for a Capitol Hill intern

Ocasio-Cortez says people keep mistaking her for a Capitol Hill intern

Ben McAdams has joined a chorus of Democrats who vow they won't support Rep. Nancy Pelosi for House speaker, amping up a fight for one of the most powerful positions in Washington.

Asked if she believes she has the votes to win the election, Pelosi replied, "yes", without hesitation.

With rumblings that even more Dems will vote against her for speaker, Pelosi said she's still confident she has the votes to win, though she said there are "certainly" other people in the caucus who could fill the role. Indeed, like most women her age, housing costs are a struggle for her, and she can not afford the rent on an apartment in Washington, D.C.

She also said some people had assumed she's the partner of a Democratic member of Congress.

Pelosi downplayed the possibility that Fudge could enter the speakers' race at a weekly news conference in Washington.

"People keep giving me directions to the spouse and intern events instead of the ones for members of Congress", she tweeted.

Pelosi has led House Democrats since 2003, including a historic four-year stint as the first-ever female speaker. "Who has she endorsed?" She could say she'll serve only for a year as speaker in a transitional role.

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State officials put the total number of people forced from their homes by California's fires at more than 200,000. As of Saturday afternoon the Camp Fire had blackened more than 100,000 acres (40,500 hectares) of forest land.

While the anti-Pelosi group looks satisfied to not present any alternative candidate, satisfied that blocking her would be enough to eventually spur a race, she seemed happy to have Fudge in the race.

"We're not feeling the love", she added.

"I don't hate Nancy".

"And so I'm saying, what is wrong with acknowledging the fact that the Democratic Party is becoming more young, more black, and more brown?"

Later Wednesday, she said she was stopped on Tuesday night because "it was assumed I was an intern/staffer".

At least one Democrat, Marcia Fudge (Ohio), seems to be shedding some of the pretense and openly discussing a possible challenge to Pelosi. "I enjoy a tremendous amount of support from the women in our caucus - from the new members who are women in our caucus - and so I get the upside, I think, of being a woman". "If we open up the Civil Rights Act, it's like opening up Pandora's box". Fudge said. "And letting that be reflected in our leadership".


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