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Pelosi Not Likely to Leave After Midterms, Democrats Say

Pelosi Not Likely to Leave After Midterms, Democrats Say
U.S. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. (Landov)

Wednesday, 22 October 2014 12:57 PM

House Democrats have shot down speculation that House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi will be leaving after Election Day, according to The Hill.

The conjecture started because the California congresswoman has been tight-lipped about her future after Nov. 4, especially considering that Republicans are expecting to increase their 17-seat margin in the House over the Democrats.

But retiring Democratic Rep. Jim Moran of Virginia said there have been no signs that the 74-year-old Pelosi is planning to quit the job she’s held since 2003, the longest period of leadership since Rep. Sam Rayburn of Texas, who died in office in 1961.

"I hear the rumors, you know, that she’ll prevail in this election easily but then turn it over," Moran, a 12-term congressman, told The Hill. "She never told me that, and until she does I don’t have any real reason to believe it.

"I think we have to take Nancy at her word, that she’s committed to leading the Democratic caucus and electing a Democratic president in 2016."

And referring to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s potential run for the White House, Moran added, "I think Nancy would love to be the first female Democratic speaker to serve under the first female Democratic president."

The suggestion that Pelosi might call it a day came in the wake of announcements that several of her closest allies in Washington, including California Reps. George Miller and Henry Waxman, as well as Moran, are retiring at the end of the year, according to The Hill.

But a former House lawmaker who worked with Pelosi for years told the political news website, "I think she stays for sure, and there are two reasons. One is the presidential cycle. It’s very much a symbiotic proposition: Hillary’s chances and Nancy’s longevity.

"The second reason is that nothing major is going to happen in the next two years without House Democratic votes, and it puts her in a position of leveraging those votes to accomplish at least some of our agenda."

Pelosi’s office has consistently maintained that the congresswoman is focused only on Democrats winning elections in two weeks, and that she has not considered her own political future.

"As the Leader has said, she’s not here on a shift, she’s here on a mission," Drew Hammill, a spokesman for Pelosi, told The Hill via a brief email on Tuesday.

If Pelosi does resign, Rep. Steny Hoyer of Maryland, the Democratic whip who’s been her leading lieutenant since his failed bid to challenge her in 2002, is believed to be the most likely person to replace her.

"Steny is heir apparent as long as he wants it," Moran said.

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