Why This Republican Is Pulling for Pelosi as Speaker

Speaker Nancy Pelosi with President Obama

Whip operation aside however, there's another glaring challenge for Pelosi's detractors: she doesn't yet face a definitive challenger. Yet, for all the Democratic support she's lost, Pelosi may be gaining some love on the other side of the aisle.

Also Monday, Rep. Diana DeGette announced suddenly that she was abandoning her bid for the No. 3 job in the House Democratic leadership, ending the only official challenge to one of the party's top leaders.

To replace retiring Republican Paul Ryan as speaker, Pelosi will need 218 votes for a majority - providing all members show up and vote for a named person, and assuming no Republicans vote for her. "I just think it is offensive and insulting".

"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", it continued.

Earlier this month, Pelosi's spokesperson told Politico that "Leader Pelosi is confident in her support among Members and Members-elect". 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. Several incoming lawmakers also signed the letter, including Joe Cunningham of South Carolina. Rep.

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

The letter cordially begins by thanking Pelosi for her years of service as House Speaker before calling for a "change" in leadership.

Nancy Pelosi Claims She Has 'Overwhelming Support' to Be House Speaker
Just as there is this undertone of racism in the country, there's also that in our caucus". And I don't think people look at our current leadership and see that right now".

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

Trump has tweeted his respect for Pelosi and offered to round up GOP votes to help elect her speaker.

The letter's release suggests that rather than spending the next six weeks focusing on a fresh agenda to present to Americans, House Democrats could be consumed with a bitter and attention-grabbing internal leadership fight. She's likely to overcome such a threshold, depending on how large the Democratic majority shakes out to be. It also includes Ben McAdams, who not only hasn't won, but is trailing.

The letter itself doesn't outline the opponents' case against Pelosi, whom they call "a historic figure whose leadership has been instrumental to some of our party's most important legislative achievements". "She deserves this victory, she earned it", he said.

"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.

Her supporters say that after winning hard elections against Trump's campaigning, the Democrats can't afford to get bogged down in a protracted leadership fight ahead of the January 3 vote.

"What counts is the vote and Jared, he's not equivocating at all", he said.

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