Published: Tue, November 20, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Van Drew Signs Letter Committing to Oppose Pelosi as Speaker

Van Drew Signs Letter Committing to Oppose Pelosi as Speaker

But when the full House elects its new leaders January 3, the speaker will need a majority 218 votes, assuming that no one votes "present" or misses the vote and Republicans oppose her en masse, as seems likely. Numerous freshman Democrats who avoided questions about whether they'd back Pelosi met with her last week, and are now on-record as supporting Pelosi's bid.

He said that Pelosi "knows the job and she knows how to keep the caucus together". The Pelosi opponents' theory is, once it's clear she doesn't have the votes, a new leader will emerge. She is a historic figure whose leadership has been instrumental to some ofour party's most important legislative achievements.

"Our majority came on the backs of a majority that said they would support new leadership", the group wrote in the letter.

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"We are thankful to Leader Pelosi for her years of service for our Country and our Caucus", the letter reads.

If these members - which include only two women - stick to their promise, Pelosi's road to regain the speaker's gavel would be hard, and even more so if they are joined by others. Democrats are now projected to hold 232 seats, according to CNN, with three races still outstanding. She told the Post there are "probably closer to 30" Democrats who have privately told her they would be willing to vote against Pelosi.

"Since my announcement, I have been heartened by the backing I have received across the caucus", DeGette said in a statement.

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A small group opposes her. "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", Spanberger said, appearing with Shalala on ABC.

None of those signing the letter are among the nine Democratic lawmakers who will be representing Pennsylvania next year.

Democrats will vote on a speaker candidate in a private meeting set for November 28.

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Ironically, Pelosi once said in 2013 that she was done seeking the speakership position again. At 232 seats, Pelosi could afford to lose just 14 Democrats and still become speaker. Marcia Fudge, who is considering challenging Pelosi for speaker. Other signatories were: Tim Ryan (Ohio), Seth Moulton (Massachusetts), Ed Perlmutter (Colorado), Kurt Schrader (Oregon), Filemon Vela (Texas), Bill Foster (Illinois), Brian Higgins (New York), Stephen Lynch (Massachusetts), Linda Sanchez (California), Jim Cooper (Tennessee), as well as Reps. -elect Jeff Van Drew (New Jersey), Joe Cunningham (South Carolina), Max Rose (New York), and candidates Anthony Brindisi of New York, and Ben McAdams of Utah. The majority of likely committee heads, including the ones that would wield the most power in the new Democratic congress, like Rep. Jerrold Nadler on Judiciary, Rep. Cummings on Oversight and Government Reform, and Rep. Adam Schiff on Intelligence, are squarely supporting Pelosi.

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