Recent polling data indicates that around 60% of senior House of Representative staffers believe House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) will retire from her long-held office after the midterm elections.
According to a report by Breitbart News the House speaker’s likely career moves were the subject of a Punchbowl News poll revealed on Tuesday, which indicated the political powerhouse might be looking for an exit from the demanding position.
The poll also questioned all House staffers, of which 54% said they believed Pelosi would retire after the upcoming term.
“Congressional staffers are personnel that assist members of Congress and committees, answer constituent mail, write questions for committee hearings, conduct communication duties, and plot legislative maneuvers,” Breitbart News clarified.
The publication also specified that the opinions of the senior staffers are considered to be a better predictor due to having had a longer term to watch the movements of those in leadership positions.
One such senior staffer told Punchbowl News Pelosi would not “announce her retirement in the middle of a congressional session.” But they do acknowledge Pelosi has “previously said this would be her last term as speaker.”
Rumors about a potential Pelosi-less 118th Congress began to swirl near the start of the year. However, the California representative announced that she would officially run for reelection in January of this year, despite a mass exodus of office staffers.
Pelosi has been in office since 1987 and has led the House Democrats for almost two decades since 2003. However, according to Tuesday’s National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) poll from last week, the Democratic leader is the most unpopular Democrat in Congress.
The Democrat leader has also been under suspicion of using her position to find ways of garnering a net worth in the millions, including a recent March 17 transaction where Pelosi’s bought 2,500 shares of Tesla stock “by exercising 25 call options at a $500 strike price, a Congressional disclosure filing revealed,” the New York Post reported.