House Democrats vow to oppose Pelosi as next speaker

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This could signal one of two things: that Fudge felt her signature was unnecessary given her potential candidacy, or that she is leaving room to cut her own deal with Pelosi in the weeks leading up to January's floor vote.

The letter itself doesn't outline the opponents' case against Pelosi, whom they call "a historic figure whose leadership has been instrumental to some of our party's most important legislative achievements".

Other freshmen who have said they would oppose Pelosi did not sign the letter, and the fight for their allegiance is raging behind the scenes.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., talks to reporters during a news conference at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018.

"In a letter that will be sent to their Democratic colleagues, the 17 Democrats pledge to oppose Pelosi in the caucus and floor votes for speaker", according to a report in the Washington Examiner.

With a narrow Democratic majority, now at 230 seats, she does not have much cushion to secure the 218 votes needed on the floor if all Republicans vote against her, as expected.

Though the mavericks' numbers represent a handful of the 232 House Democrats elected - with a handful of races still undecided - they could still garner enough opposition to thwart her.

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However, we also recognize that in this recent eleciton, Democrats ran and won on a message of change.

Pelosi, Reps. Jim McGovern of Massachusetts, Alcee Hastings of Florida, Norma Torres of California, and Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida are credited helping develop the plan, as are the House Progressive Caucus and Administration Committee. The Pelosi opponents' theory is, once it's clear she doesn't have the votes, a new leader will emerge. Several incoming lawmakers also signed the letter, including Joe Cunningham of South Carolina. Rep. Ben McAdams, whose race against Rep. Mia Love in Utah's fourth district hasn't been called yet, also signed the letter. Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio), who is toying with a speaker run herself, was removed from the letter.

"Our majority came on the backs of a majority that said they would support new leadership", the group wrote in the letter.

With their House majority next year, Democrats will place a check on Trump during the final two years of his term.

"Right now she's the only person who's running, so it would appear as though that's where my vote would go", said Rep. -elect Chrissy Houlahan of Pennsylvania, on CBS. "It would be nice if there were arguments being made to [new members] that were substantive as opposed to getting outside money people or advocacy groups ... to threaten that you're gonna lose support if you don't support Nancy Pelosi".

Pelosi allies counter that despite that, the party just won House control with their biggest gain of seats since the 1974 post-Watergate election. "She didn't win it by herself".

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