In threat to Pelosi, 16 Dems say they'll back new leadership

Posted November 21, 2018

The letter does not include the signatures of Democrats who have said they would vote against Pelosi on the floor, including Jason Crow, Abigail Spanberger, Elissa Slotkin, Mikie Sherrill and Conor Lamb.

Even before they've taken office, the freshmen swept in by the midterm elections are caught at the center of an escalating power struggle over Pelosi's future.

As the opposition forces against Nancy Pelosi's bid for House Speaker may be starting to see fissures in the ranks, some fierce holdouts have made their distaste for the establishment Democrat known.

With the Democrats holding 232 seats, Pelosi can't afford to lose many votes and still hold the 218 needed to become speaker, presuming all Republicans oppose her.

In threat to Pelosi, 16 Dems say they'll back new leadership
In threat to Pelosi, 16 Dems say they'll back new leadership

And what was remarkable to me is, I went and I looked at the vote share, how much - what percentage of the vote Donald Trump got in those districts in 2016 and compared it to how Republicans candidates did in 2018, and that they're nearly identical.

"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. Two of them, Anthony Brindisi in NY and Ben McAdams in Utah, are in races that have not yet been called by The Associated Press.

They were joined by incoming Rep. Max Rose of Staten Island and Anthony Brindisi, who is leading incumbent GOP Rep. Claudia Tenney to represent the Utica area.

Fudge, a former chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, sat down for an interview with the Washington Post last Thursday, where she said she's been "overwhelmed" by all the support from some of her Democratic colleagues.

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He said that on another network, Pelosi noted that "one thing her father taught her was how to count".

Democrats Brian Higgins of upstate NY and Kathleen Rice of Long Island were among those who signed the letter. We promised to change the status quo, and we intend to deliver on that promise. "She has probably the most diverse leadership team in the history of any legislative body as far as the Congress is concerned", Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., the incoming House Oversight Committee chairman and a CBC member, said on CBS News' "Face the Nation".

Moulton publicly praised Fudge last week on CNN, saying she is "the kind of new leader that we need in this party".

Moulton at a Town Hall in Amesbury Monday night told reporters the letter has been in the works for some time. "She deserves this victory, she earned it", he said.

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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. She's likely to overcome such a threshold, depending on how large the Democratic majority shakes out to be. "That number is growing, so we're just going to keep at it", Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan said Wednesday, when asked when the letter would be posted.

"She's a very wealthy person".

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