November 4th, 2010
09:19 PM ET
12 years ago

Pelosi says she's getting positive response about staying on

Washington (CNN) - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says she is being encouraged to stay on by colleagues, but insists she hasn't made a final decision about whether to make a run for House Minority Leader when Republicans take control in January.

"I've gotten a positive response, but I haven't gone to a place where I've made a decision about that," said Pelosi in an interview with the Huffington Post.

She said that only on Thursday did she start to look at messages and notes from colleagues about what she should do.

"Everything is very positive in what they say, complimentary about how I've kept the caucus together, complimentary about the fact that we won in the first place [in 2006] and increased our numbers [in 2008] and that we have to come right back in that regard," Pelosi told the left- leaning internet site.

Sources close to Pelosi told CNN she has been on the telephone for nearly two days straight, talking to fellow Democrats about the election results, and also about her own future.

One of the sources said if the conventional wisdom was that she would step aside after losing the speaker's gavel, "then its fair to say she's seriously considering staying" as House Democratic Leader.

Despite being demonized by Republicans, Pelosi still has a large reservoir of support and good will from her colleagues.

She raised tens of millions of dollars for House Democratic candidates, and sources familiar with her conversations say lawmakers encouraging her to stay on range from so-called "old bulls" to newer Democrats who survived.

But not all House Democrats want Pelosi to be their leader in the new world.

Rep. Heath Shuler, D-North Carolina, a conservative Democrat, told Roll Call newspaper it would be in Pelosi's best interest to bow out.

A source close to Shuler told CNN's Deirdre Walsh he is trying to send a message to Pelosi that they need a more moderate Democratic leader, or it will be hard to recruit moderates.

Ken Spain, Communications Director for the National Republican Congressional Committee, echoed the sentiment.

“The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, and expecting a different result,” Spain said in an email. “Of course, if House Democrats are willing to sacrifice more of their members in 2012 for the glory of Nancy Pelosi, we are happy to oblige them.”

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soundoff (31 Responses)
  1. Eric32m_MD

    It's time to retire Pelosi. We fired you. That's a negative response.

    November 5, 2010 08:31 am at 8:31 am |
  2. SethC

    Oh her colleagues, but not the American people we don't count in her book. So sorry, pelosi we want you out!

    November 5, 2010 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  3. A Kickin` Donkey

    Nancy you should go, its not about you

    November 5, 2010 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  4. A Kickin` Donkey

    Nancy, you`ve served your country well but it`s time to retire and usher in a younger generation in your district.

    President Obama will RE-SWELL Democratic turnout in 2012 when re runs for re-election. What we don`t need is for you to be re-vilified as the Dems win the few seats they need to retake the House.

    November 5, 2010 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  5. Anonymous

    No doubt from her family who would like to see her stay in Washington!

    November 5, 2010 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  6. Fed Up

    Oh Nancy, please quit!

    November 5, 2010 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
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