November 5th, 2010
01:20 PM ET
11 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. good!

    Go for it Mrs. Pelosi! You were an outstanding speaker of the house, don't let these right wing nut jobs and sell out democrats tell you any different! We support you here in San Francisco/California!!!

    November 5, 2010 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  2. Dave

    Monster Zero, let's be totally honest. It was not against the will of the majority, just against the will of the Republicans. The Republicans votes against everything and they got their wish to be in the majority once again, good for thiem. Now how are they goign to go fro mthe "Party of No' to creating jobs. I have not heard one, not one, detailed answer stating how they will create jobs.

    November 5, 2010 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  3. good!

    To People like Wes B above...seriously? people should stop pursuing what they feel and know is right simply because they're hated? that my friend is called BULLYING! then again, coming from the right i'm not surprised!

    November 5, 2010 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  4. 2012 can't come soon enough.

    LOL Epic Fail Dems. Epic Fail. This won't sit well with anyone. Who would vote for a Dem Congress and put the most unpopular Dem back into power? This doesn't even make sense. LMAO This is like a gift from God! The 2010 elections just keep on giving.

    November 5, 2010 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  5. Indie Woman in Denver

    The sheer, unvarnished GALL of the conserva-Dems! Who cares what they think? Not me. We'll need someone with a lot of guts to stand up to the Boehner & the "guys" - she does and they don't/won't.

    November 5, 2010 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  6. Sunflower

    Pelosi is a big problem for all and for her self too!!!! By the way she cares for no one !!! Only wants what she wants Not what the peopel want?

    November 5, 2010 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  7. beevee

    I think she should become the minority leader. She has the experience and hopefully she has learned a thing or two from losing the house majority under her leadership. I think she will be more tactful in dealing with the cheats (the GOP).

    November 5, 2010 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  8. Robert in Houston

    If she is truly concerned with preserving any portion of the Democratic agenda, then she should step aside. Nancy Pelosi has earned the ire of not only Republicans and Independents, but is viewed as a pariah by those in her own party. Her continued presence at the forefront of the Democrats would be nothing more than an egotistical attempt to substantiate her self-perceived importance.

    November 5, 2010 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  9. James klimaski

    Nancy Pelosi did what needed to be down. The rest of the Democratic leadership and the Obama Administration let her be unfairly vilified. Those Democrats who ran from her and the Health Care Legislation were cowards and did a disservice to their party and the country.

    November 5, 2010 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  10. Liz

    think I read that Heath Shuler of NC was also going throw his hat into the mix...the Dems would be foolish to allow Princess Pelosi to stay on as anything other than plain old Rep. Pelosi, she is too polarizing and too much of a cancer. I was hoping the Dems would also have a Blue Dog step up to replace Harry Reid as Senate Majority Leader, given he's just as unpopular and just as much as a cancer as Pelosi is.

    Its not surprising, her ego knows no bounds...what I'm hoping for is for her to get stomped with the vote, maybe then she'll just slink away into oblivion.

    November 5, 2010 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  11. Dave

    Pelosi is a strong leader who has passed well over 400 bills just in the last two years that haven't been acted upon by the Senate due to filibusters and random, anonymous holds, so let's not blame her for the state of the nation. Let's blame the party of obstruction.

    Pelosi was reelected by a large margin to the House by her district, so, though it's unprecedented, she has every right to stay in the House after her reign as Speaker ends. If she leaves, her district goes unrepresented.

    November 5, 2010 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  12. Brad

    Wow! Another card carrying member of the Lisa Mukowski I'm in denial club. Voters give them the boot and they refuse to let go. How pathetic!!!!

    November 5, 2010 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  13. Anonymous

    lLord help us all!!

    November 5, 2010 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  14. Barry from Wisconsin

    I think she should step aside gracefully. I have no problem with Ms Pelosi myself, but she was the reason why a number of Democrats lost in the election. The Republicans were able to demonize her and Democratic candidates were put on the defensive defending her instead of running on their own record.

    November 5, 2010 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  15. Dave

    Is she nuts? As much as I admire some of the work she has done as Speaker of the House she has become a lightning rod for every republican wing nut out there. As a democrat let's not give them more ammunition. She also seems to have that marvelous ability to say the totally wrong thing at the wrong time and tick everyone off (including some of her fellow democrats). She needs to accept that her time is past and let someone else take the reigns.

    November 5, 2010 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  16. Dave

    Pelosi is hated by pretty much everybody except the stupid people that keep electing her. I am a Democrat, but I am getting sick of her act. I wish she would just go away!

    November 5, 2010 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  17. jane

    I wish she would leave with grace...Clearly there is no interest in stopping the division in this country.She may very well be a good democrat.It is just too bad that she brings no hope for allowing our country to have some unity.Those who choose to lead should show some dignity and leave when they create such a distraction.Whether you support her or not this country will remain completely divided if we only support people who think just like themselves.A leader of our country must embrace the U.S. Constitution and be able to govern all...not dictate! Let this nation heal from all the havoc you forced on us please.

    November 5, 2010 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  18. Jose

    Oh my God, not again.... Doesn`t she give up?

    November 5, 2010 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  19. Joe from Port St. Lucie

    Pelosis' Democrats would have made Marx and Lenin proud.

    November 5, 2010 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  20. Nick , California

    She needs to go! I generally vote democratic but she is now a liability. Whether she did a good job or not, she is a huge GOP target that will only help to freeze any constructive forward movement for this country. She will only create more anger which distracts from progress.

    November 5, 2010 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  21. ArmyKing33

    Yeah, she has guts and is very brave BUT you have to know when it's time for you to step down. It's obvious that she is a major reason why the recent vote went the way it did. She has done her job to the best of her ability. She ticked some people off; she made some people very happy. She should be happy with the job she has done and move on. Time for new leadership. Nancy, don't let your pride and arrogance cloud your judgement.

    November 5, 2010 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  22. MatarLaRaza

    Give it a rest Freak-A-Losi... The people have spoken! Pelosi Free is the new drink! As Trump would say...Your FIRED!

    November 5, 2010 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  23. Dog

    Blunder, blunder, blunder. One of the reasons the vote on Tuesday was so lopsided was America's distaste for this woman. "We need to pass the bill to find out what is in in it." She needs to step out of the limelight now. I suspect her fellow Dems will see this and she won't win the vote for this position. I have a feeling Obama knows this too.

    November 5, 2010 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  24. Peter E

    She's still in denial that she above all is responsible for democrats being thrown out?

    November 5, 2010 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  25. John G

    Pelosi is nothing more than a far left liberal that this country just voted on. The vote was they don't want her kind at all. They never could take a hint so we'll have to force it upon them since that's all they know.

    November 5, 2010 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
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