As Nancy Pelosi faces a grueling fight with her own members to regain the speaker’s gavel in January, pro-Pelosi left-wing activist groups are warning of a “backlash” against House Democrats who oppose her.
Sixteen House Democrats on Monday circulated a letter vowing to vote against Pelosi, who served in the role between 2007 and 2011, for speaker of the House — calling for “new leadership.”
“We are thankful to Leader Pelosi for her years of service to our Country and to our Caucus. She is a historic figure whose leadership has been instrumental to some of our party’s most important legislative achievements,” the letter from both incumbent and newly elected Democrats read. “However, we also recognize that in this recent election, Democrats ran and won on a message of change.”
The letter was signed by former Pelosi challenger Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, along with other members like Rep. Seth Moulton, D-Mass., Rep. Linda Sanchez, D-Calif.; and several incoming lawmakers, like member-elect Joe Cunningham of South Carolina. Rep. Marcia Fudge, D-Ohio, is considering a leadership challenge and said she will make a decision after Thanksgiving.
Pelosi must pick up a majority of the Democratic caucus in internal leadership leadership elections, then go on to win an absolute majority of the House. If 17 Democrats vote with Republicans against Pelosi on the floor, she would not have the votes needed to become speaker.
But now, with the California Democrat’s leadership on the line, left-wing activist groups and going to bat for her — and warning of dire consequences for those who oppose her.
Left-wing group MoveOn.org tweeted Thursday that its members “strongly support and call on all members of the Democratic causus to support @NancyPelosi for Speaker.”