Kansas Democrat backs Pelosi bid for House speaker

Pelosi wins her party’s nomination for speaker but ‘never Nancy’ Democrats continue to hold out

As the rules now stand, Pelosi only needs to win the support of a simple majority in her caucus -118 votes - to secure the party's nomination for Speaker when the 116th Congress takes its first vote on January 3 next year.

Ms Pelosi may be the villain of the right and the face of the Ancien Régime for some dissatisfied Democrats, but she's still one of the best vote-counters and arm-twisters in Congress.

"As we head toward the 116th Congress and reclaim our Democratic majority", the letter read, "we believe more strongly than ever that the time has come for new leadership ..."

Incoming U.S. House Democrat Gil Cisneros said Monday that he wants new leadership in the chamber and will support the push to replace Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi.

Despite initially having an uncertain future in the wake of an election brought forth by a surge of outsider, anti-establishment candidates, opposition to the longtime California Democrat has dwindled and some of the hardline anti-Pelosi Democrats have completely flipped their positions.

On Tuesday, she reversed her position and announced that she would be supporting Pelosi now.

No Republicans are expected to vote for Pelosi, who has been demonized for years by Trump and his party, in large part because she shepherded then-president Barack Obama's health law through the House to its contentious, historic passage in 2010. Allowing Republicans to control the House after Democrats' historic midterm wins would be political suicide for those anti-Pelosi Democratic rebels, and thus is unlikely to happen. "Meanwhile, we have a very skilled, tested experienced leader who doesn't need on-the-job training", Connolly said referring to Pelosi. If approved by the full House, Pelosi would again wield the gavel in January - a dozen years after she became the first female speaker in 2007.

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Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018 3:16 p.m.: This article has been updated. Steny Hoyer and James Clyburn, were elected by unanimous consent to their respective posts of Majority Leader and Majority Whip.

But another group against her, led by Rep. Seth Moulton of Massachusetts, Rep. Tim Ryan of OH and Rep. Kathleen Rice of NY, left the leader's office empty-handed. "Problem solvers are trying to come up with changes to the House rules to open up the process to make it a little more bottom up than a top down".

There was at least one man who was moved by Pelosi's re-election, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), who officially nominated Pelosi (alongside Rep. John Lewis of Georgia), weeping as he made his declaration.

But, as the 32 votes against Pelosi indicate, her work isn't done. Many of the Democrats who lost blamed Pelosi.

She and her allies have been working hard behind the scenes to twist enough arms and offer enough perks to recalcitrant members to keep that number to a minimum. Opponents, including Reps. Marcia Fudge of OH and Brian Higgins of NY, now say they plan to support her. "They're not going to go along with what the party wants them to do if it's not the right thing for the district or country".

The nine are in addition to 15 Democrats who signed a letter last week publicly vowing not to support Pelosi (a 16th, Rep. Brian Higgins, D-N.Y., reversed himself days later and now says he will support her).

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