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Pelosi Delays House Democratic Leadership Vote Until Nov. 30

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Tuesday, 15 Nov 2016 12:20 PM

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi delayed this week’s planned vote on a leadership team until Nov. 30 amid the party’s worse-than-expected election results.

Representative Gene Green of Texas told reporters that Pelosi informed fellow Democrats of the delay during a private meeting Tuesday in Washington. The leadership vote had been set for Thursday, though Pelosi aide Drew Hammill said earlier Tuesday that members would decide whether to put off the vote.

House Democratic leaders have faced growing pressure to delay plans to formally elect party leaders for next session of Congress, after the party saw ballot-box losses last week that resulted in loss of the presidency and left Republicans in control of the Senate and House.

Pushing the date back to Nov. 30 gives potential Pelosi challengers or candidates for other posts time to campaign among their colleagues.

Representative G.K. Butterfield, a North Carolina Democrat, told reporters after the meeting that he doesn’t think Pelosi is at risk and noted no one has yet formally announced they’re opposing her.
 
"Ms. Pelosi enjoys great support in the caucus and this doesn’t reflect on her," he said. 

Butterfield said the delay reflects how Democrats are reeling after the election. 

"We got a shellacking," he said. "It’s just like after a death, there are different stages of grief you go through."

One lawmaker, Representative Tim Ryan of Ohio, is considering a bid to challenge Pelosi as minority leader, his office said Monday. Others have been making initial calls to colleagues, say several members, asking not to be identified, but no one has yet declared for sure they are challenging her.

“Congressman Ryan has never had the ambition to run for leader, but after last week’s election results and the conversations he has had with his colleagues, he is open to the idea,” Ryan spokesman Michael Zetts said in a statement.

 

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