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Anti-Pelosi Democrats: She Doesn’t Have the Votes to Become Speaker

One House Democrat said he was “100 percent confident” that the small group of Democrats opposing Pelosi’s speakership has the votes to block her.

By NTK Staff | 11.14.2018 @10:00am
Anti-Pelosi Democrats: She Doesn’t Have the Votes to Become Speaker

Arguing that the American people voted for “new leadership” in last week’s midterm elections, a small group of House Democrats are confident that House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) does not have the votes she needs to become speaker.

Rep. Seth Moulton (D-MA), described as “one of the leaders of the anti-Pelosi effort,” said he was fully confident in his group’s ability to stop Pelosi’s ascent to the speakership.

Rep. Seth Moulton, D-Mass., one of the leaders of the anti-Pelosi effort, said he was “100 percent confident” that the contingent of lawmakers trying to block Pelosi had the votes to do it. They argue that the American people voted for new leadership in the midterm elections and don’t want to see the same trio atop the party in the House that’s been there for more than a decade.

Moulton and the other lawmakers said they plan to release a letter with enough signatures of members and members-elect who are pledging not to vote for Pelosi that it would become clear she doesn’t have 218 votes needed to be elected speaker on the House floor. He wouldn’t reveal the number who have signed on so far because, he said, more are signing on by the day.

According to Moulton, at least seven members-elect have made “firm promises” not to support Pelosi. During last cycle’s leadership elections in November 2016, 63 Democrats voted against Pelosi for speaker. At that time, Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH) was running against the longtime House leader.

Moulton said he wasn’t interested in becoming speaker but believes “several lawmakers” will step forward if Pelosi fails.

For her part, Pelosi boasted that she, too, was “100 percent” confident she had the votes to become speaker. Pelosi became the House of Representatives’ first female speaker in 2007, and should she retake the speaker’s gavel, would be the first person to do so since Sam Rayburn in the 1950s.

Meanwhile, climate change protesters rallied outside Pelosi’s D.C. office Tuesday and were joined by Democrat rising star Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who will be an incoming freshman in January.

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