House Democrats Promise to Oppose Pelosi for Speaker

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi D-Calif. leaves a news conference at the Capitol in Washington. Pelosi’s bid to return as House speaker is putting newly elected Democrats in a spot. The speaker’s vote will among the

According to Fox News, a total of 16 U.S. House Democrats circulated a letter on Monday declaring themselves "Never Nancy" while calling for "new leadership" without saying who that new leader should be.

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

The letter's release suggests that rather than spending the next six weeks focusing on a fresh agenda to present to Americans, House Democrats could be consumed with a bitter and attention-grabbing internal leadership fight. But Pelosi's fate has grabbed national attention, with celebrities, outside Democratic luminaries, and liberal groups, including labor unions and grass-roots activists, weighing in on her behalf.

Jason Chaffetz said Monday on "The Story" that Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi is the top Democrat on Republicans' list of people they would want to see as an opposition leader in the House. If fifteen Democrats vote against Pelosi on the floor, she wins the gavel by one vote. They may be less solid in their opposition to Pelosi than many may think, and they may also be looking to avoid the backlash the letter is certain to bring.

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Four incoming freshmen signed: Anthony Brindisi of New York, Joe Cunningham of South Carolina, Max Rose of New York and Jeff Van Drew of New Jersey.

"We promised to change the status quo, and we intend to deliver on that promise", the authors wrote, referring to campaign pledges to back new House leaders made by a number of Democratic candidates.

Therefore, we are committed to voting for new leadership in both our Caucus meeting and on the House Floor.

But she still faces no clear challenger to her power.

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Fudge, a former chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, sat down for an interview with the Washington Post last Thursday, where she said she's been "overwhelmed" by all the support from some of her Democratic colleagues.

They were not joined by Representative Marcia Fudge of OH, the only potential Pelosi rival to emerge so far from the party's rank and file. However, party divisions could lead to a protracted fight that may be left unresolved until the floor vote for speaker on January 3. She is known as a precise vote counter with a keen sense of her caucus' leanings and is aided by the lack of a declared opponent and many weeks during which she can dangle choice committee assignments, rules changes and other goodies to help attract support.

Trahan, who beat out a crowded field to win the seat being vacated by fellow Democrat Niki Tsongas, told The Lowell Sun on Friday she has signed a letter backing Pelosi as Democrats prepare to formally retake the chamber in January. "She deserves this victory, she earned it", he said. Her advisers closed the week signaling confidence.

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