Nancy Pelosi to run for minority leader in the House
Friday, November 5, 2010; 3:05 PM
I am running for Dem leader," Pelosi (Calif.) said on her Twitter account. She said her decision was in part "driven by the urgency of creating jobs" and protecting this year's health-care and Wall Street overhauls.
Paul Kane reported earlier today that two House Democrats thought it was time for Pelosi to step down:
Rep. Heath Shuler (D-N.C.) said Tuesday's election results were so bad that Democrats need a new leader who can recruit top-notch candidates in the conservative-leaning districts where the party suffered its steepest losses.
"We weren't successful with me as quarterback, so I lost my job," said Shuler, a former Washington Redskins quarterback whose team won four games and lost nine with him as a starter.
"She's so smart she recognizes that it will be difficult to recruit the candidates she needs to win back the House," added Shuler, a member of the conservative Blue Dog Coalition that lost more than two dozen members Tuesday.
Rep. Jim Matheson (D-Utah), a moderate, also called for a new direction. "We need to shake things up," he said in an interview with Bloomberg News.
In the Washington Post Opinions section, Jonathan Capehart applauds the move:
In short, Speaker Nancy Pelosi isn't going anywhere. She's not giving up her House seat, as other deposed speakers have. And she's not giving up a chance to lead the Democratic Party conference as House minority leader. Brava!
But Dana Milbank disagrees:
Nancy Pelosi got a mulligan earlier this week for her claim that she has "no regrets" after the leading House Democrats to the biggest loss in generations. But it seems she's already in need of another, this time for putting out word that, as compensation for her regrettable work, she'd like to stay on as House Democratic leader. That will require some serious astro-turfing.
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