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Rep. Seth Moulton, D-Mass., pictured speaking to reporters in the Capitol on November 15, 2018, is one of 16 Democrats who active a letter adage they will not vote for Nancy Pelosi for speaker. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
Lindsey McPherson @lindsemcpherson Posted Nov 19, 2018 2:05 PM Save for afterwards
Updated 2:53 p.m. | Sixteen Democrats accept active a letter arise Monday adage they will vote adjoin Nancy Pelosi for speaker.
While the action would arise to be added votes than the California Democrat can allow to lose in a attic vote, two of the signees — Ben McAdams of Utah and Anthony Brindisi of New York — are in contest that accept yet to be called.
Counting alone those contest that accept been called, there will be 232 Democrats abutting year, acceptation Pelosi can alone lose 14 of them in a attic vote for apostle and get to 218. That’s the cardinal she’ll charge to be adopted apostle unless some associates don’t vote or vote “present,” appropriately blurred the majority threshold.
The letter shows absolutely 14 adopted Democrats adjoin to Pelosi, not technically abundant to block her. If McAdams and Brindisi win, again cardinal of Democrats Pelosi can allow to lose will go up proportionally to bout the cardinal of opponents on the letter.
But there at atomic a few associates and members-elect who accept vowed to altercate Pelosi on the attic that did not assurance the letter, including Conor Lamb of Pennsylvania and Abigail Spanberger of Virginia.
Pelosi’s critics spent all aftermost anniversary talking about the letter, adage confidently that they had abundant commitments to ensure Pelosi would not be adopted apostle on the floor.
However, they had accepted to get at atomic 20 signatures on the letter, so releasing it with alone 16 suggests their action movement may be weakening.
Notably absent from the letter is Ohio Rep. Marcia Fudge, who is because arduous Pelosi for speaker. Fudge said she wasn’t beat from active afterwards affair with Pelosi Friday but that she wouldn’t accomplish a accommodation until afterwards Thanksgiving.
During a columnist appointment Thursday, Pelosi said if the apostle vote were captivated that day she’d accept the support needed to win the gavel. But she contradicted her own affirmation as she accustomed that at that time, the letter had 17 signatures (seemingly counting Fudge).
The letter itself doesn’t outline the opponents’ case adjoin Pelosi, whom they alarm “a celebrated amount whose administration has been active to some of our party’s best important aldermanic achievements.”
Rather, they altercate that Democrats won the majority “on the backs of candidates who said that they would abutment new leadership” and that voters appetite to see change in Washington.
“We promised to change the cachet quo, and we intend to bear on that promise,” they wrote. “Therefore, we are committed to voting for new administration in both our Caucus affair and on the Abode Floor.”
The leaders of the letter had hoped it would appearance the action adjoin Pelosi was able and that she’d ultimately adjudge to footfall aside. While that consistently seemed unlikely, the affairs that happens now arise alike smaller.
“If your action relies aloft Nancy Pelosi giving up, you will lose every distinct time,” a chief Democratic abettor said. “Ninety-four percent of the Caucus didn’t assurance this letter.”
The 16 Democrats who active the letter are:
Brindisi, who is arch the still uncalled chase for New York’s 22nd District.Rep. Jim Cooper of Tennessee Rep.-elect Joe Cunningham of South CarolinaRep. Bill Foster of IllinoisRep. Brian Higgins of New YorkRep. Stephen Lynch of Massachusetts McAdams, who is abaft in the still uncalled chase for Utah’s 4th District.Rep. Seth Moulton of MassachusettsRep. Ed Perlmutter of ColoradoRep. Kathleen Rice of New YorkRep.-elect Max Rose of New YorkRep. Tim Ryan of OhioRep. Linda Sánchez of California Rep. Kurt Scrader of OregonRep.-elect Jeff Van Drew of New JerseyRep. Filemon Vela of Texas
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