House Democrats Vow ‘Never Nancy’ In Open Letter

Saul Bowman
November 20, 2018

She told the Post there are "probably closer to 30" Democrats who have privately told her they would be willing to vote against Pelosi. Democrats will soon control 233 seats, meaning Pelosi can only lose 15 legislators in her fight to regain control. Notably, it does not include the signatures of a handful of Democrats who had previously said they would vote against her on the floor.

Rep. -elect Abigail Spanberger of Virginia said Sunday on ABC she had "tremendous" respect for Pelosi, who "blazed a trail" for the record number of new women, but would be voting against her.

In their letter, they pledge to oppose Pelosi twice - on November 28 when Democrats gather to choose their leaders and then again on the floor of the U.S. House on January 3. "I just think it is offensive and insulting".

Among those leading the effort against her, Rep. Seth Moulton of MA has said his group is trying to protect the freshmen so they can survive their re-elections without having Pelosi's image hanging over their campaigns. "Over the last few days, however, many of my supporters have expressed concern about pressure they are receiving to return the three senior leaders to their posts without opposition". Of the 16 Democrats who signed the letter - which stops short of explicitly saying they will vote for an opposing candidate for speaker - all but two are men: Reps.

"Our majority came on the backs of a majority that said they would support new leadership", the group wrote in the letter. Several incoming lawmakers also signed the letter, including Joe Cunningham of South Carolina. Rep.

Of the letter's signees, five are incoming House freshmen or hope to be. She raises a lot of money from a lot of other wealthy people. Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio), whose name is on this letter, removed himself from a letter in 2016 that sought to delay leadership elections when he ran against Pelosi for the minority leader position to make it look less like the letter was about his bid for the position.


"Leader Pelosi remains confident in her support", said spokesman Drew Hammill. So far, 20 Democrats oppose her, and 68 aren't saying what they intend to do when the full House votes on the matter January 3.

Sessions asserted throughout the campaign that Allred would end up supporting Pelosi, who donated $4,000 to Allred's campaign. None of the signatories have an interest in challenging her themselves, although some have floated the idea of Rep. Marcia Fudge.

Republican Rep. Tom Reed of NY, a Trump ally who has said he could vote for Pelosi if she agrees to rules changes to move power away from the speaker's office, warned freshmen against waffling.

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

"Right now she's the only person who's running, so it would appear as though that's where my vote would go", said Rep. -elect Chrissy Houlahan of Pennsylvania, on CBS.

Other reports by

Discuss This Article

FOLLOW OUR NEWSPAPER