House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) may not be able to claim that title for much longer, Fox News reported, citing recent statements from Republican House leaders.
Though Democrats retained control of the House in Tuesday’s election, the margin was much slimmer than Democrat leaders hoped, raising questions about Pelosi’s ability to win re-election as Speaker.
Rep. Tom Emmer, (R-MN), chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee, commented: “I mean Nancy Pelosi doesn’t even have a majority where she can be elected speaker again, whoever would have guessed that it’d be possible that Nancy Pelosi might not be the speaker?”
Democrats spent millions of dollars attempting to flip more Republican seats but instead managed to lose seats in Florida, Minnesota, and Oklahoma — shrinking their majority.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (D-CA) noted, “I know the vote on the floor is difficult for Speaker. I know there was a number of people who did not vote for her last time. And as our numbers continue to grow, I think at the end of the day, no matter where we end up, we’ll be able to have a very big say, or even run the floor when it comes to policy.”
Nancy Pelosi faced a difficult path to becoming Speaker in 2018, and her decision to stonewall on coronavirus relief has infuriated even her Democrat colleagues — setting her up for yet another close race for Speaker.
Fox News reported:
The House voice vote for speaker requires a majority. Each Republican typically yells out the name of their party leader — in this case McCarthy — and Democrats announce their vote for Pelosi. With the numbers on their side, the party in power winning the vote is almost a foregone conclusion.
Pelosi has struck deals and maneuvered to squash internal challenges to her leadership before. She overcame defectors in the past, including those from moderate Democrats who had pledged to vote against her if elected. In 2019, there were 15 Democrats who didn’t support her, but she could afford the losses with a bigger majority.
No viable Democrat challenger has arisen as of yet, but with the focus on the drawn-out presidential election, attention has not yet been focused on the impending battle for House leadership.