Anti-Pelosi Democrats Sign Letter Committing to Voting Against Her for Speaker

Lester Mason
November 20, 2018

The letter cordially begins by thanking Pelosi for her years of service as House Speaker before calling for a "change" in leadership.

These numbers suggest that Pelosi's leadership is still in peril - but that she's managed to box in her foes and keep their numbers from growing in the past week.

"As we head toward the 116th Congress and reclaim our Democratic majority, we believe more strongly than ever that the time has come for new leadership", the letter states. That includes Rep. Marcia Fudge of OH, who has said she is considering running for speaker.

The letter goes on to say that the outcome of the recent mid-term proves that Americans want "real change".

"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 new change in Washington", the letter reads. "We promised to change the status quo, and we intend to deliver on that promise", said the statement. At 153 words, it doesn't say much other than that these members are committed to voting for "new leadership in both our Caucus meeting and on the House Floor".


CNN's Manu Raju posted the letter on Twitter, Monday, and noted that Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-OH) is conspicuously absent.

Of the letter's signees, five are incoming House freshmen or hope to be.

"The political repercussions for trying to block Pelosi will be more pronounced outside the Congress than inside, : a congressional source said". Outside groups spanning the spectrum of liberal advocacy, from female empowerment groups like Emily's List to progressive organizations like MoveOn.org and more than a dozen labor unions, are also advocating for Pelosi. If that stays the case, Pelosi can only have 16 Democrats vote against her on the House floor on January 3 and still be speaker. They will have a majority of at least 232 seats in the House, and 233 if Democrat Anthony Brindisi's narrow lead over Rep. Claudia Tenney (R-NY) holds and they don't win the other two outstanding races where they trail. Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio), whose name is on this letter, removed himself from a letter in 2016 that sought to delay leadership elections when he ran against Pelosi for the minority leader position to make it look less like the letter was about his bid for the position. The aide also pointed out that 94 percent of the Democratic caucus didn't sign the letter.

"And so I'm saying, what is wrong with acknowledging the fact that the Democratic Party is becoming more young, more black, and more brown?" "It's not misogynistic. She's just not a very likable person". Everybody wants to give her such big credit for winning back the House, and she should be here because she won.

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