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Opposition from several Dems threatens Pelosi’s bid to become House speaker again

Opposition from several Dems threatens Pelosi’s bid to become House speaker again

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is running to become speaker of the House of Representatives once again following the Democrats’ successful efforts to retake the majority in the lower chamber of Congress.

Yet on Thursday, Politico listed 10 Democrats who confirmed to the outlet that they plan to vote against Pelosi becoming speaker, including current representatives Ed Perlmutter (D-Colo.), Kathleen Rice (D-N.Y.), Seth Moulton (D-Mass.

CBS News reported that newcomers Max Rose, Haley Stevens, Anthony Brindisi, Jeff Van Drew, and Joe Cunningham have also publicly stated they would not support Pelosi as speaker, and columnist Caleb Howe tweeted out a complete list purportedly from the GOP on Thursday.

Former Rep. Heath Shuler (D-N.C.) ran against her for Speaker in 2010, and Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) ran against her in 2016.

“It simply would not make sense for the experienced Democratic leader who orchestrated (and paid for) a disciplined, health-care focused, and successful pickup of some 35 seats and the House majority to not become speaker,” Newell wrote.

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