Sixteen Democrats Sign Letter Opposing Nancy Pelosi for Speaker

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Pelosi's father, the late former Baltimore Mayor Thomas D'Alesandro Jr., was a very powerful Democrat in Maryland politics in the mid-20th Century. Pelosi spent Friday meeting with some of these incoming freshmen, a continuation of outreach she has been conducting since House Democrats prevailed in the midterm elections.

Pelosi is hustling to ensure that outcome.

Yes, I think wasn't it Ronald Reagan who said Orange County is where good Republicans go to die?

12 House Democrats and 4 incoming freshmen have signed onto a letter promising to vote against Pelosi in Democrats' internal caucus leadership vote, as well as on the House floor in January. 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.

And Democrats may wind up winning enough seats that Pelosi can win without needing those who signed the letter.

Asked last week about the possibility of a direct challenge from Fudge or any other Democrat, Pelosi seemed to welcome a head-to-head contest.

Accordingly, a draft proposal from Democrats on the House Rules Committee proposes an "independent diversity office" tasked with ensuring the House employs a "diverse workforce with qualified candidates that is reflective of our Members and the districts they represent", because "public servants working for the People's House should reflect the faces of America". "Hello! We won with Nancy Pelosi". She has more recently become a punching bag for Republicans, despite having a record of bipartisan legislative achievement. But while the letter indicates that Pelosi has a math problem, there are already signs she may be able to overcome the opposition. "He believes it's time for new leadership".

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

The letter is signed mostly by white men, with the exception of Kathleen Rice (D-N.Y.) and Linda Sanchez (D-Calif.). She has not signed on.

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

Rep. Lauren Underwood of IL said Sunday, "I have not made up my mind". "She deserves this victory, she earned it", he said. Democrats will soon control 233 seats, meaning Pelosi can only lose 15 legislators in her fight to regain control. She's likely to overcome such a threshold, depending on how large the Democratic majority shakes out to be.

Pelosi seems certain to have enough support to become her party's nominee for speaker when House Democrats vote by secret ballot on November 28. Fudge has said she will decide after Thanksgiving if she is running.

Despite some Democrats' efforts to stop her from becoming House speaker, Pelosi has repeatedly expressed that she expects to take the post.

"They're going to get crucified, crucified with that first vote", Reed said in an interview.

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