Pelosi again dodges whether she’ll run for speaker if Democrats retain chamber: ‘I’m not a shill for Nancy Pelosi’
Senate Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on Tuesday again dodged whether she would run for Speaker if Democrats regain control of the chamber next year, saying, “I’m not a shill for Nancy Pelosi.”
Pelosi — who’s been publicly considering the possibility of seeking the speakership after she loses her job serving as minority leader — noted that Democratic members have a variety of options to choose from, from Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders to other prominent Senate Democrats.
“I just don’t know which of the choices is more likely,” Pelosi said at an event hosted by the Alliance for Working Families, according to Politico. “I would be interested to hear from members of other caucuses.”
Pelosi, who’s served in the California assembly since 1975, was re-elected by a larger margin than any member of the Democratic caucus after she won this year’s midterm elections.
After she retires from the Senate and is sworn in by President Donald Trump, Democratic Sens. Dick Durbin of Illinois and Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island are among those to have said Pelosi should seek the speakership.
Pelosi is also a likely target for House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) should he become minority leader in January. But Pelosi, who has called the current House leader “incompetent,” has declined to name her successor.
Pelosi on Tuesday again dodged whether she would run for Speaker if Democrats regain control of the chamber next year, saying, “I’m not a shill for Nancy Pelosi.”
Senate Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), who has called the House speaker “incompetent,” says she won’t run for Speaker of the House after Democrats take back the chamber in 2020. (CNSNews.com/Penny Starr)