Democrat eager to replace Pelosi as leader

Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) isn't revealing her cards, but the longstanding Democratic leader has stated that this year will be her last as the party's leader, indicating a rapidly coming power vacuum that newer politicians have been clamoring to fill for more than a decade.

Official U.S. Embassy photograph by: Archibald Sackey and Courage Ahiati.

Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) and Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.) — are being pushed aside by a new generation of ambitious Democrats, but the veteran No. 2 and No. 3 leaders have been forecasting a different scenario, reaching out to their colleagues to gauge support for staying on even if Pelosi retires.

“My gut would tell me that this would be her last term,” said House Budget Committee Chairman John Yarmuth (D-Ky.), a member of Pelosi’s leadership team who already sees evidence of the scramble to replace her.
“I see a lot of people who would be the presumed successors donating a lot of money to their colleagues.”
“If we’re in the minority,” added another lawmaker, “I can’t imagine her wanting to do it.”

Some of Pelosi's closest allies are asking her to remain on, claiming that no one else is capable of filling her shoes. Pelosi, who is 81 years old, is a whirlwind of activity on Capitol Hill and is without a doubt the Democrats' greatest effective fundraiser in Congress. According to a spokeswoman, Pelosi has generated more than $1 billion for her party since joining the leadership positions in 2002, surpassing the sums raised by others like Hoyer and Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.).

11 Jan 2022

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