Van Drew Signs Letter Committing to Oppose Pelosi as Speaker

Anti-Pelosi Democrats publicly vow opposition in House speaker race: 'The time has come for new leadership'

The group of anti-Pelosi dissidents, led by Reps.

But when the full House elects its new leaders January 3, the speaker will need a majority 218 votes, assuming that no one votes "present" or misses the vote and Republicans oppose her en masse, as seems likely.

As we head toward the 116th Congress and reclaim our Democratic majority, we believe more strongly than ever that THe time has come for new leadership in our Caucus.

Pelosi picked up backing from Congressman John Lewis, the civil rights leader, while a who's-who of Democrats - including former Vice-President Al Gore and former Secretary of State John Kerry - advocated on her behalf.

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.

As the opposition forces against Nancy Pelosi's bid for House Speaker may be starting to see fissures in the ranks, some fierce holdouts have made their distaste for the establishment Democrat known. Democrats are now projected to hold 232 seats, according to CNN, with three races still outstanding. Some House races remain undecided and the Democratic majority could grow slightly. "We are committed to voting for new leadership in both our Caucus meeting and on the House floor".

"However, we also recognize that in this recent election, Democrats ran on and won on a message of change".

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"We promised to change the status quo, and we intend to deliver on that promise", the authors wrote, referring to campaign pledges to back new House leaders made by a number of Democratic candidates.

"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 new change in Washington", the letter reads.

Also Monday, Rep. Diana DeGette announced suddenly that she was abandoning her bid for the No. 3 job in the House Democratic leadership, ending the only official challenge to one of the party's top leaders.

With their House majority next year, Democrats will place a check on Trump during the final two years of his term.

But making a deal with Republicans to get the votes would also give Republicans effective veto power over a Democratic speaker, and a motion to vacate the chair could theoretically be called at any time. And while Anthony Brindisi, who signed the letter, now leads New York Republican Rep. Claudia Tenney he has not officially been declared the victor in that contest yet.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., talked to reporters during a news conference at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday.

Democrats who signed the letter include 11 current lawmakers - Rice, Seth Moulton, Tim Ryan, Filemon Vela, Kurt Schraeder, Linda Sanchez, Ed Perlmutter, Stephen Lynch, Brian Higgins, Bill Foster and Jim Cooper - and four incoming ones: Anthony Brindisi, Joe Cunningham, Max Rose and Jeff Van Drew.

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