Chaffetz on House Leader Contest: 'No Greater GOP Foil Than Nancy Pelosi'


House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, who is expected to regain her old role as Speaker of the House in January, announced plans for an "independent diversity office" in a letter to colleagues immediately after this month's midterm elections, the Associated Press reports.

While Pelosi is prepared to fight opposition and campaign against those who wish to run against her, a source close to Congress told Fox News she is "not spiteful".

As Democrats wrestle with the choice of speaker for 2019-2020, Pelosi has argued that even at the age of 78 she is best qualified, rejecting some younger Democrats' argument that a new generation of leaders was needed.

"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 from Democrats read. Their letter says Democrats won on "a message of change, " and they say they plan to deliver that.

It's the second vote - the floor vote - that matters most.

The letter includes signatures from all of the Democrats who'd been on the initial leaked list of signees except Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-OH), who is publicly weighing a bid against Pelosi.

To his credit, Cunningham appears to be in the latter camp ... as he has previously stated he would be.

Some Democrats are committing to voting for someone other than Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) for Speaker of the House in a letter released today.

Joe Cunningham Ups The Ante With Nancy Pelosi Letter
Gavel up for grabs
DC Joe Cunningham Ups The Ante With Nancy Pelosi Letter Gavel up for grabs

These numbers suggest that Pelosi's leadership is still in peril - but that she's managed to box in her foes and keep their numbers from growing in the past week.

As of this writing, Democrats are expected to enjoy a 233-202 advantage over Republicans when the 116th session of the USA congress gavels to order on January 3.

Though the mavericks' numbers represent a handful of the 232 House Democrats elected - with a handful of races still undecided - they could still garner enough opposition to thwart her. But that ultimate number is dependent on the ultimate size of the majority; if it increases to 233, she can lose 15 votes. One of them, Rep. -elect Abigail Spanberger of Virginia, said she will honor the commitment. "The move to oust Pelosi comes two weeks after Democrats seized control of the House with their largest majority since 1974".

"Come on in, the water's fine", she said Friday about a potential leadership challenge.

The group of anti-Pelosi dissidents, led by Reps.

"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.

All those races have Republican incumbents, but the Democratic challenger is ahead in only one.

Pelosi, for her part, has signaled confidence throughout this whole experience that she will be elected. "She deserves this victory, she earned it", he said.

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