Pelosi shuts down critics in tense meeting

Democratic Reps. Kathleen Rice of New York, Seth Moulton of Massachusetts, and Tim Ryan of Ohio, want her to go, or at the very least commit to passing the gavel by a certain deadline. But Pelosi doesn’t feel like she needs to and isn’t even considering such a concession.

…Freshmen could be punished for backing her in 2020, they continued.

Pelosi, however, dismissed their argument entirely, vowing to help these incoming freshmen by raising them money to fend off any such attacks.

…Indeed, just an hour after she left that session, Pelosi won a strong show of support for her leadership during a Democratic Caucus meeting. …Pelosi handily won the House Democratic nomination to be speaker in a closed-door caucus meeting. She only lost 32 votes, well below the 63 who opposed her in caucus in 2016. 

…The current House minority leader has already demonstrated that she can pick off major players in the group of insurgents organizing against her, flipping Reps. Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio) and Brian Higgins (D-N.Y.) just before Thanksgiving. And she appears close to a deal with Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-Mass.), who exited a meeting with Pelosi Wednesday expressing confidence in her ability to win the gavel.

…If the anti-Pelosi faction is able to block her on the House floor in January, the caucus — and the broader party apparatus beyond Capitol Hill — would devolve into chaos.

…“It’s not just about her. They want her to put a timeline on herself. That erodes the authority of the entire Democratic majority.”

Pelosi shuts down critics in tense meeting – POLITICO



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