Sixteen House Democrats oppose Pelosi, offer no rival

Sixteen House Democrats oppose Pelosi, offer no rival

She told the Post there are "probably closer to 30" Democrats who have privately told her they would be willing to vote against Pelosi.

Pelosi is sure to win the backing of an overwhelming majority of House Democrats in this month's closed vote.

Some prominent members of that caucus support Pelosi.

The chief sponsor of the anti-Pelosi encyclical was Kathleen Rice of NY.

While the letter represents an obstacle to Pelosi's candidacy, it is by no means a death knell. If fifteen Democrats vote against Pelosi on the floor, she wins the gavel by one vote.

"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.

Pelosi, the first female House speaker in 2007, has said she is "100 percent" confident of winning the post again. It also leaves Pelosi room to cut deals to quell her critics and reclaim the House's top spot.

"He will not support her for speaker", Reynolds said.

Whip operation aside however, there's another glaring challenge for Pelosi's detractors: she doesn't yet face a definitive challenger. If that bid is successful, it could kick off a wholesale scramble that could also threaten Clyburn, the current assistant Democratic leader, and Steny Hoyer, D-Md., who is seeking to move from whip to majority leader when Democrats take control in January.

Not signing the letter is Rep. Marcia Fudge, D-Ohio, who has publicly opposed Pelosi and is mulling a run against her. Fudge said Friday that she would not make a final decision on whether to run until next week at the earliest. The Pelosi opponents' theory is, once it's clear she doesn't have the votes, a new leader will emerge. Their letter says Democrats won on "a message of change, " and they say they plan to deliver that.

That means Pelosi could lose as many as 15 Democratic votes when she stands for election as speaker on January 3.

Pelosi would be unable to secure the House Speaker position if 17 Democrats vote against her on the floor.

Pelosi allies were quick to jump on the letter Monday as proof that Pelosi will overcome the challenges. He or she sets the agenda for the chamber and is second in line to the presidency if President Donald Trump were to die in office or become incapacitated. 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. Incoming freshmen were Joe Cunningham of South Carolina, Max Rose from NY and Jeff Van Drew of New Jersey.

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