Incoming House Democrat snubs Pelosi, wants ‘new leadership’

She will need about 218 votes to claim the job as Democrats will take control of the House in January after their gains in the November 6 congressional elections. Pelosi promised Fudge that if she was elected speaker, Fudge could be the chairwoman of a House subcommittee that would oversee elections.

The encounter came just before Pelosi overwhelmingly secured the party's nomination for the post in a private caucus vote, moving her closer toward filling her former role. Democrats could face a floor fight as opponents try again to topple her.

The full House will vote on the speaker January 3. 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.

The manoeuvring over the speakership came on a day when House Democrats elected Rep. Hakeem Jeffries of NY to lead their caucus when they assume control in January, choosing a leading voice for generational change in the party as their fifth-ranking leader and a new face of their nascent majority.

Members of the incoming class of Democrats, who are poised to take over the chamber next year, met behind closed doors in the US Capitol to elect their leadership team.

"Leader Pelosi wants to boil this down to a personal argument, but this is so much bigger than her", Moulton said.

While Schrader has talked about the need for fresh leadership, he did support keeping Rep. Steny Hoyer of Maryland in the No. 2 leadership position and Rep. Jim Clyburn of SC in the No. 3 position.

Schrader said he has worked well with Hoyer and Clyburn, and he argued that the focus of voter attention is on Pelosi, the top Democratic leader.

But Pelosi appears to have had some success winning over other skeptical Democrats: Recently, a group of 16 Democrats signed a letter saying they opposed Pelosi, but several have since dropped off the list and announced support for her. Lee, at 72, would also have been the fourth septuagenarian in the House Democratic leadership. But one by one, Pelosi has picked off the would-be challengers and smoothed the skeptics.

Pelosi's return to the speaker's office is not a lock.

An aide to Pelosi said at the time that discussions were continuing.

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.

Representative Gerry Connolly said Pelosi's opponents lacked a game plan for vanquishing her.

Repeating her mantra "that women can't win if women don't run", Representative Niki Tsongas of Lowell said she admires Clark "for putting her hat in the ring" and said she thinks Clark "is especially well-suited to bring women's voices to all we value as a country".

Two years ago, 63 Democrats voted for Rep. Tim Ryan / against Pelosi for Democratic leader.

"People have spoken. They're looking for shifts in leadership, they're looking for some generational change, " Hayes said.

Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY), seen in some circles as a future successor to Pelosi, took a step in that direction on Wednesday afternoon when he was elected Democratic caucus chairman, the fifth-ranking position in the party, defeating progressive icon Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA).

Opposing Pelosi's leadership is not new for Schrader.

  • Leroy Wright