house tenant Nancy Pelosi “will address her future plans” on Thursday, her spokesperson said, at a time when the longtime Democratic leader finds herself at a personal and professional crossroads.
“Speaker Pelosi has been overwhelmed with calls from colleagues, friends and supporters. Tonight, the President monitored returns in the remaining three critical states. The President intends to address her future plans tomorrow to her colleagues. Stay tuned,” spokesperson Drew Hammill tweeted.
There are two versions of her scheduled floor speech that she took home Wednesday night, a source told CNN, and it’s unclear which version she will deliver.
Speculation over the California Democrat’s future has intensified in the aftermath of the midterm elections, with some in Washington – including members of her own party – anticipating that she may step down for a new generation of leaders to take over. the reins after the Democrats lost the House of Representatives. CNN projected Wednesday that Republicans will take control of the chamber in January, but with a lower margin than they expected.
Pelosi said in a separate statement Wednesday that House Democrats had “defied expectations” at the midpoint, but did not mention his future plans.
“This year, House Democrats have defied expectations with a stellar performance: running their races with courage, optimism and determination. In the next Congress, House Democrats will continue to play a leading role in supporting President Biden’s agenda — with strong leverage over a slim Republican majority,” she wrote.
“House Democrats are thrilled to have so many great new and returning members in the House, who will invigorate our caucus with their energy, diversity and patriotism. We salute our outgoing members for their magnificent leadership, making historic progress in health care, climate action, infrastructure, gun violence, veterans and more that can never be diminished.
The longtime Democratic leader told CNN’s Dana Bash on “State of the Union” on Sunday that members of her caucus had asked him to “consider” running in the party leadership elections at the end of the month, adding: “But, again, let’s get to the elections.”
Any decision to run again, Pelosi said, “is about the family, as well as my colleagues and what we want to do is move forward in a very unified way as we move forward to prepare Congress for come “.
“Nevertheless, the stake is important because we will be in a presidential election. So my decision will again be rooted in the wishes of my family and the wishes of my caucus,” she continued. “But none of that will really be factored in until we see what the outcome of all of that is. And there are all kinds of ways to exert influence.
Pelosi had told CNN’s Anderson Cooper in an interview earlier this month that the violent attack on her husband at the end of October would have an impact on his decision-making for his political future.
Paul Pelosi was attacked with a hammer at the couple’s San Francisco home by a man, authorities said. The assailant, according to court documents, was looking for the Speaker of the House.
Pelosi is a towering figure in American politics with a historic legacy of breaking glass ceilings like the first and so far the only woman be Speaker of the United States House of Representatives.
She was first speaker elected in 2007 and held that position until 2011, when Democrats lost control of the House. In 2019 she was again elected president after Democrats won the House back from Republicans.
A small but vocal faction of Democrats initially worked to derail Pelosi’s bid to become the next speaker after the 2018 midterm elections, but eventually won the votes needed to reclaim the title. Ahead of the final vote, Pelosi displayed her negotiating skills and negotiated an agreement with some of the Democrats who had lobbied to keep him from speaking. As part of the deal, Pelosi backed a proposal to enact term limits for the party’s top three leaders. The Offer 2018 was an informal agreement, however, and the caucus rules were never changed, placing time limits on his tenure.
Pelosi was first elected to the House in 1987, when she won a special election to take up a seat representing California’s 5th congressional district. Over the years, she earned a reputation as a powerful and formidable leader of House Democrats who wielded significant influence and a tight grip on her caucus members.
She has also been a fierce opponent of Republicans in Congress and the White House, and Republicans have made her a top target of their party’s critics.
When she was first elected president, Pelosi reflected on the significance of the event and what it meant for women in the United States.
“It’s a historic moment,” she said. said in a speech after accepting the speaker’s gavel. “This is a historic moment for Congress. This is a historic moment for American women.