Van Drew Signs Letter Committing to Oppose Pelosi as Speaker

Joe Cunningham Ups The Ante With Nancy Pelosi Letter
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These numbers suggest that Pelosi's leadership is still in peril - but that she's managed to box in her foes and keep their numbers from growing in the past week. Outside groups spanning the spectrum of liberal advocacy, from female empowerment groups like Emily's List to progressive organizations like and more than a dozen labor unions, are also advocating for Pelosi.

Some prominent members of that caucus support Pelosi.

Boyle told the Philadelphia Inquirer that he would support Pelosi. "We promised to change the status quo, and we intend to deliver on that promise", the Democrats wrote.

Circulated by Rep. Kathleen Rice of NY, the letter praises Pelosi for her leadership, calling her a "historic figure whose leadership has been instrumental to some of our party's most important legislative achievements".

The two women who signed the letter were Kathleen Rice of NY and Linda Sanchez, a Californian like Pelosi. "Our majority came on the backs of candidates who said that they would support new leadership because voters in hard-won districts, and across the country, want to see real change in Washington", the letter continues. If Democrats stay at 232 seats, she can only afford to lose 14 votes.

"Right now she's the only person who's running, so it would appear as though that's where my vote would go", Houlahan said on CBS's "Face the Nation" Sunday. "We are committed to voting for new leadership in both our Caucus meeting and on the House floor". Democrats are now projected to hold 232 seats, according to CNN, with three races still outstanding.

Joe Cunningham Ups The Ante With Nancy Pelosi Letter
Gavel up for grabs
DC Joe Cunningham Ups The Ante With Nancy Pelosi Letter Gavel up for grabs

Other freshmen who have said they would oppose Pelosi did not sign the letter, and the fight for their allegiance is raging behind the scenes. Pelosi was speaker from 2007 through 2010 when Democrats briefly held the majority and has been the party's leader since 2003. A small group working to oust her has been unable to recruit a challenger, though Rep. Marcia Fudge, D-Ohio, a former chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, is weighing a run.

"It'd be really hard for Republicans to do that, but there is no greater foil than Nancy Pelosi", Chaffetz said.

On the other, Pelosi's critics say she has become such a weight on the party, starring as the chief villain in Republican attack ads against Democrats, that she needs to step aside and make way for a new generation of leadership.

Eleven incumbent Democrats signed: Rep. Jim Cooper of Tennessee, Rep. Bill Foster of Illinois, Rep. Brian Higgins of New York, Rep. Stephen Lynch of Massachusetts, Rep. Seth Moulton of Massachusetts, Rep. Ed Perlmutter of Colorado, Rep. Kathleen Rice of New York, Rep. Tim Ryan of Ohio, Rep. Linda Sanchez of California, Rep. Kurt Schrader of OR and Rep. Filemon Vela of Texas.

Pelosi would be unable to secure the House Speaker position if 17 Democrats vote against her on the floor.

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