‘After we as Democrats make our selection, our new members should not be pressured into voting against our party’s nominee…’
(Kaylee McGhee, Liberty Headlines) Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) urged newly-elected Democrats to rally behind Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) for the House’s Speakership, rejecting the efforts of a “small group” of Democrats “trying to generate opposition” to her bid.
“For two years, [Republicans] asserted that with Nancy Pelosi as our leader, Democrats could never win back the House. They claimed that these relentless Republican attacks made Leader Pelosi appear too divisive, and they argued that she should step aside for the good of the party,” Cummings wrote in a “Dear Colleague” letter to the incoming class of Democrats, obtained by POLITICO. “But then last Tuesday happened. And the American people obliterated the theory that Nancy Pelosi could not lead House Democrats to victory.”
Cummings said the only reason Pelosi is a divisive figure in Democratic circles is because she is an effective leader — she’s led the Democratic Party in the House for 16 years.
But many Democrats want Pelosi and the older Democratic leaders to step down.
A slew of Democratic candidates vowed not to support Pelosi for the Speakership, many of whom were elected in last Tuesday’s midterm elections.
But no candidate has arisen to challenge Pelosi.
Pelosi’s allies, like Cummings, are spearheading a campaign within Congress, suggesting that Pelosi’s experience in the House is necessary to guide the Democratic Party through the next two years.
Cummings urged Democrats to unite behind the winner once the vote moves to the House floor.
“After we as Democrats make our selection, our new members should not be pressured into voting against our party’s nominee on the House floor in January—when the choice will be between the Democratic candidate and the Republican candidate,” Cummings wrote.
“Our new members promised their constituents to bring stability and common-sense to a dysfunctional Washington—not to be drawn into an effort to throw the House into chaos,” he added. “Our new members promised to get results on the issues their constituents care about —not to delay these efforts while they are dragged into a self-destructive leadership battle.”