Wednesday, 19 December, 2018

Nancy Pelosi Cries Sexism and Says Some See Her as a 'Threat'

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Pelosi, who was the first female House speaker before Republicans gained the majority, first needs to pick up a majority of the Democratic Caucus in internal leadership elections, then go on to win an "absolute majority" of votes cast on the House floor.

"If the first Democratic value they see is chaos, I don't think that's very good", said Rep. Don Beyer, D-Va., who recently wrote an op-ed with colleagues supporting Pelosi.

"We risk losing the majority in the House, and we risk having Trump elected for another four years if the Democrats don't offer a new direction for the Democratic party", Lynch said.

Pelosi can likely only lose the votes of 16 Democratic representatives in that full House vote, and a group of 21 Democratic representatives had indicated plans to vote against her as of last week.

The small group of anti-Pelosi detractors insist they will still be able to prevent her from becoming speaker during the January floor vote, despite several of her critics reversing course to back her bid, according to Democrats involved with the group's efforts.

The group is essentially asking Pelosi and the incoming Democratic leadership to fundamentally alter the procedures of the House, where the majority rules absolutely and its leaders have ultimate say on what legislative proposals are considered. Pelosi revived that panel and recommended Fudge for the post, elevating an issue important to the Congressional Black Caucus, especially after close races this month in Florida and Georgia.

And in an interview with ABC affiliate WCVB over the weekend, Rep. Stephen Lynch, D-Massachusetts, another member of the group, said he'd "obviously support Nancy Pelosi" on the House floor if forced to choose between her and a Republican.

"We will only vote for a speaker candidate who supports "Break the Gridlock" rules changes", the group of nine Democrats said in a statement Friday, later adding: "Although we are at a stalemate in our discussions, and therefore can not support Leader Pelosi for speaker at this time, we will keep working with the leader and others in hope of reaching consensus on specific rules changes for more bipartisan, common sense governing".

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Pelosi's office could not immediately be reached to comment for this story. Should these incoming freshmen vote for Pelosi, Republicans would certainly highlight their support in campaign ads that decry them as hypocrites.

"Doesn't matter if they support me, what matters is that they support a Democratic agenda to make progress for American working families".

"The goal is to demonstrate that Leader Pelosi does not have the votes to be elected speaker on the House floor and encourage an alternative Democratic candidate to step forward", the staffer continued. If all 435 members voted, that would be 218 votes, but if members vote "present" or do not vote, then the overall threshold Pelosi would need to win would be lowered.

Congresswoman-elect Sharice Davids on election night.

During the campaign, Davids was targeted with Republican ads linking her to Pelosi but didn't commit to voting for or against the California Democrat at the time.

Davids knocked off GOP Rep. Kevin Yoder, scoring a key pickup for Democrats in Kansas.

Rep. Brian Higgins of NY reversed his position and announced he plans to support Pelosi in exchange for several open-ended commitments from leadership to bring an infrastructure bill to the floor next year, lower health care costs for Americans with pre-existing conditions, and work to make Medicare available to Americans at age 50.

"I'm probably more of a target than anybody, except for somebody who runs for President", she added. "Unless you have leverage, you can't use leverage".

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