November 5th, 2010
01:20 PM ET
12 years ago

Pelosi is running for Minority Leader amid calls for her to step down

Washington (CNN) - Outgoing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Friday she will run for minority leader, even as some moderate and conservative Democrats have said she should step aside. Pelosi made the announcement on Twitter: "Driven by the urgency of creating jobs & protecting #hcr, #wsr, Social Security & Medicare, I am running for Dem Leader."

She further explained her decision in a statement.

"Our work is far from finished. As a result of Tuesday's election, the role of Democrats in the 112th Congress will change, but our commitment to serving the American people will not," Pelosi said in a statement. "Many of our colleagues have called with their recommendations on how to continue our fight for the middle class, and have encouraged me to run for House Democratic Leader."

Moderate Democratic Rep. Dan Boren of Oklahoma was the latest to urge Pelosi to step aside and not run for House Minority Leader.

"I cannot in good conscience support Nancy Pelosi as our leader," Boren told CNN in a telephone interview, "I intend to support a more conservative Democrat, a Democratic alternative."

"I think most people in the Democratic caucus are giving her room to make the room to retire, to leave gracefully. But, you know, I think it is important to see over the next 24-48 hours if we will see an alternative emerge," Boren said.

Boren's public pressure for Pelosi to go follows similar comments from North Carolina's Democratic Rep Heath Schuler and Utah's Democratic Rep. Jim Matheson who have also said they would prefer a new, more centrist Democratic leader.

"I think based on the outcome of this election, we should all acknowledge what the American people said, and they are looking for change. And I think when you as a political party suffer losses of historic proportions, it makes sense to change things up," Matheson told CNN in a telephone interview." "Therefore I don't think she should be running for leader."

Still, after Tuesday's losses, moderate Democrats are now a very small part of the Democratic caucus. The bigger question, according to multiple Democratic sources, is what Pelosi's fellow progressives want her to do.

Americans United for Change, a progressive political organization, sent an email notice to its members Friday morning urging Pelosi to stay.

The notice asks people to send a personal note to Speaker Pelosi.

"Make sure she knows that we will support her," said the email.

"If she runs, she will win," said one senior Democratic source.

Still, while Pelosi's tireless fundraising has built reservoir of support among Democratic lawmakers, several Democratic sources said there are a number of progressive Democrats who do not want her to run.

Meanwhile, Kentucky Democratic Rep. John Yarmuth, who had been a staunch supporter of Pelosi's, told a television station in his home state he wants Pelosi to step down as Democratic leader.

"I know that there is some thought that Nancy Pelosi may stay around," Yarmuth said Thursday, "As good a leader as she has been, I don't think she's the right leader to take us

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  1. maria

    To all the critics and haters of Nancy Pelosi
    This woman is one remarkable example of selfishness in politics. She did what she thought was right to do: Health Care and Finance bills. As did those democrats who voted with her and under her leadership. They knew that Republicans, bought and sold by their corporate masters, will energize the worst part of this country; they knew exactly that their political lives were at stake-and yet they did it. They had to do it quickly, because there was not much time left, as Republicans were loading their guns and Sarah Palin was rapidly becoming the Queen of Stupidity and personalized shame of the nation. So Nancy delivered. At the end, when people stop dying because they cannot pay for their treatment; and credit card companies will be unable to harass their customers – people will understand, and Republicans will pay in-full , as they always did, – for Reaganomics, for Bush wars and doughnut holes – and for the ugliest and most corrupt politics of 2009-2010.

    November 5, 2010 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  2. Indiana Voter

    It just proves that these Democrat leaders have not learned from the election results. They still don't understand why they lost.

    Dutch/Bad Newz, VA, please... you spew as much hate on this site as anyone. You seem to be in the minority as well, according to the people's vote on Tuesday, so shut your pie hole and stop wining like a sissy. You are one that I as a Republican will never want to succeed in life, because if you succeed, America loses. You are the biggest loser on this site.

    November 5, 2010 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  3. samantha

    She is a disgrace, the horrible bills she pushed , her arrogance, she contributed greatly to our problems the last 4 years. Guess she did not see the vote's on the 2nd. She is a liar and obviously clueless.

    November 5, 2010 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  4. ed

    Dutch/Bad Newz, VA Just because someone doesn't like Nancy Pelosi and her socialist agenda does not make one a Bigot nor does it make one ignorant. Obviously you too have been brainwashed by the Democratic party to believe anyone who is not for hard line liberalism must be a fascist who hates anyone who is different than them or is obviously stupid because they don't want America to go bankrupt by doing things the government has no business doing like controlling and supporting every aspect of our lives from birth to death. Republicans want to help people be successful, the democrats are the ones who think people are too stupid and incompetent and have to be taken care of by the government.

    November 5, 2010 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  5. shaun

    Although I personally don't have a problem with her or think she even did that bad a job, right now her name is toxic & will only hurt the party. She needs to do the right thing, place the party ahead of herself & step down. It hurts the pride but I'm sure she knows its the right thing to do.

    November 5, 2010 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  6. Bill

    Dutch, you are as out of touch as the botox queen. She is a horrible leader and even worse as a human being.

    November 5, 2010 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  7. Mike D

    She should retire, quietly, so she doesn't taint what might be her legacy. She can now say she passed health care reform and walk away, or can remain in the fight to witness her legacy being whittled into a more plausable and meaningful bill with little to show for it other than making it historically clear that her bill didn't survive the people's test. A loss for a run of democratic leadership would be a poignant punch that she shouldn't subject herself to. Go home Nancy and thanks for your service.

    November 5, 2010 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  8. Gary

    "Most democrats could learn a lesson or two from her." Yea, like how to lead your party to the worst defeat in History. Democrats are very good at rewarding failure. And you wonder why you are now in the minority.

    November 5, 2010 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  9. A middle class democrat

    As a lifelong democrat, I have no idea what this fighting "gamecock" is really fighting for. There're so many our fellow americans are out of work and the maintain of national debt. Our President Obama calls for all parties to work together to help us get out of this mess. So, Nancy, you wasted your chance already and stop fighting!!! And start working something good for all of us, and we will be better off without you fight against the other democratic representatives for the leader.

    November 5, 2010 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  10. joe

    She's got my vote.

    November 5, 2010 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  11. rpb

    The best news this Republican has heard all day!!

    November 5, 2010 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  12. cdm

    Good for her! I can think of no one better to lead the defense of the legislation she was instrumental in getting passed. Let the ackals on the right bark all they want -.with Ms. Pelosi defending, they'll have a much harder time in undoing the gains that have been made.

    November 5, 2010 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  13. JustMe

    "If she runs, she will win," said one senior Democratic source.

    Probably true, but probably also true is that if she wins, the Democrats will lose in 2012.

    November 5, 2010 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  14. noway

    Pelosi doesn't get it. people do not want her representing them. true she has a circus of people she represents in her district, but the rest of the USA is not like her warped district and we are totally disgusted with her and her saying she represents the people's best interests as she clearly does not. all she wants is to keep her 767 airplane paid for by the taxpayers and all the other outrageous perks she has garnered for herself. if the Dems pick her as minority leader surely nothing will be done in the next Congress. i hope the minority in the new Congress is smart enough to have her figured out by now...

    November 5, 2010 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
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