March 28th, 2008
05:00 PM ET
3 years ago

Pelosi responds to Clinton donors

Pelosi is raising money for the DCCC.
Pelosi is raising money for the DCCC.

(CNN) – House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she won't let the increasingly heated Democratic presidential race harm the party's congressional candidates, in a fundraising appeal sent Friday to Democratic donor’s just days after several Hillary Clinton fundraisers demanded the California Democrat publicly change her position that the party's superdelegates support the pledged delegate leader.

"Here's what you and I can't let happen," Pelosi wrote in email to Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee supporters. "We can't allow the tension and pressures of a spirited presidential contest to spill over and harm hard-working Democratic candidates running to strengthen our Democratic majority in the House.

“I will do whatever it takes to protect our candidates and make sure their campaigns to drive change forward don't skip a beat. I need you to do the same.”

Two days earlier, 20 Clinton backers strongly criticized Pelosi for saying the Democratic superdelegates would harm the party if they overturned the pledged-delegate results. That stance benefits Barack Obama, whose current pledged delegate lead of 171 is virtually insurmountable given the Democratic Party's proportional delegation allocations, even if Clinton were to win each of the remaining 10 primary contests.

In their letter, the Clinton donors directly reminded Pelosi they have been strong supporters of the DCCC in the past - a statement many perceived as a veiled threat that they may cut off their support.

"We have been strong supporters of the DCCC. We therefore urge you to clarify your position on super-delegates and reflect in your comments a more open view to the

optional independent actions of each of the delegates at the National Convention in August," the supporters stated in the letter.

In a statement Friday afternoon, DCCC spokeswoman Jennifer Crider said Pelosi is "always a part of the DCCC’s end of quarter fundraising program and, like previous her e-mails, has called for Party unity to elect a Democratic President and to strengthen our majority Congress.”

But CNN Political Editor Mark Preston noted that the timing and content of the email was not coincidental.

“Speaker Pelosi was clearly sending a message that she would not be strong armed by anyone and will not allow this presidential contest to jeopardize House Democrats in November,” he said.

– CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney

soundoff (33 Responses)
  1. Wendy

    We the people are watching those who would disenfranchise our votes; and when it comes time for their re-election they may want to have another job lined up!!!

    March 28, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  2. Jay

    to Jay Basgall,

    Pelosi Didn't say the Super Delegates should support the will of the people in there state, She said the will of the people, which means the United states. and if Sen. Obama has the majority of the popular votes she will be Voting for him. not going with California..

    Also I have not read anywhere that her congresional district went to Sen Clinton. WHich is who she is representing, Just california. which she doesn't represent.

    March 28, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  3. Michael

    I can't believe, well I guess I can that we are still subjected to the haves and the have nots. You want to see a real problem happen in the country, just wait and see what happens if the "will of the People' is not observed in this election. Sen. Obama has won more States, more Pledged delegates and more popular vote. If these super-delegates cave to the will of the Rich and Mighty so much for democracy.

    March 28, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  4. Roger

    Pelosi is trying to strongarm the superdelegates. The superdelegates are really independent voters. The majority of Obama's votes that are counted now were before the Jerimiah Wright controversy. There is a silent majority out there that will not vote for Obama because Obama was part of that church for 20 years. Overturning the pledged-delegate results will not harm our party. Having Obama as a nominee will be our party's undoing. Obama is not electable. Wake up!

    March 28, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  5. Wow

    "Presidency for Sale". This has been our biggest problem in recent history. A very few influential rich people dictate the outcome of elections in this country.
    I am surprised that common people are not outraged by these tactics.
    Hillary's rich friends are buying the elections for her while the American people sit and watch.

    March 28, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  6. wanakee

    Barack has more delegates and more popular votes. The next 10 contests will not change that. Why, pray tell, is Hillary Clinton still in this race. Pelosi is right. Follow the pledged delegtes, which is the will of the people. Clinton is bitter and quite desperate, knowing she has lost, so she's pulling out every bottom of the barrel tactic she can find, but none will work for her. It's over.

    March 28, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  7. Trev

    If she doesn't want the presidential race to damage House races (which is a noble idea) then she should STAY OUT of the presidential race. Stop saying you don't support Obama, then make speeches in his favor. Don't tell the super delegates to automatically vote for one candidate when neither candidate can get to 2025 pledged delegates. Start being the majority leader, rather than an unofficial member of the Obama campaign.

    March 28, 2008 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  8. Defining moment

    Way to go Nancy! Show them who's BOSS. Once again, the clintons and their surrogates think that they are entitled to the presidency ... last time I checked this wasn't the United States Kingdom. Wake up and smell the coffee Billary!

    March 28, 2008 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
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