House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) announced on Sunday that she intends to run for Speaker once again if Democrats retain the House majority in the November election.
The unofficial leader of the progressive movement within the House, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), responded to the news by refusing to explicitly back Pelosi for Speaker again — signaling that Pelosi may be facing an uphill battle for control of the House.
Though Pelosi has been attacked by the GOP for her unrelenting opposition to Trump and commitment to obstructing GOP legislation during her tenure as speaker, Pelosi faces a growing contingent of legislators that believe that she isn’t far-left enough.
When directly asked about whether she would support Pelosi’s intention of running for a second term as Speaker, Ocasio-Cortez said she would only support Pelosi if she was the “most progressive” candidate running for the seat.
“I believe that we have to see those races as they come, see what candidates are there,” Ocasio-C0rtez hedged. “I am committed to making sure that we have the most progressive candidate there.”
“But if Speaker Pelosi is that most progressive candidate, then I will be supporting her,” Ocasio-Cortez admitted.
Pelosi and the freshman Congresswoman have been quietly at odds since the 2018 election, and though they’ve remained cordial, Ocasio-Cortez has made it clear on multiple occasions that Pelosi is too committed to the establishment to satisfy Hosue progressives.