Nancy Pelosi has repeatedly claimed that she is confident she will be elected as Speaker of The House, but many lawmakers are saying that may not be the case.
During a press conference, Pelosi answered “yes” to a question if she had the votes to become Speaker. However, reports have been released stating that at least 17 House Democrats have signed a letter saying they will not support Pelosi.
“It’s going to get ugly,” a Democratic lawmaker told Fox News.
One of the most outspoken opponents of Pelosi, Representative Seth Moulton, pointed to Marcia Fudge as a possible Speaker nominee.
Congress needs a new leader. Period.
I’m hoping Marcia Fudge, my first (and arguably best) mentor in Congress will run for the next Speaker of the House. I have full faith in her ability to lead our new Congress to its fullest potential.
— Seth Moulton (@sethmoulton) November 15, 2018
“People are asking me to do it, and I am thinking about it,” Fudge said in an interview with cleveland.com. “I need to give it some thought and see if I have an interest. I am at the very beginning of this process. It is just in discussion at this point.”
Many newly elected representatives have been hesitant about whether they will support Pelosi, with some being very outspoken about their opposition to the experienced politician.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@ocasio2018), speaking from her victory party last night: "I certainly don't want to support" any candidate for speaker of the House who doesn't back Medicare for All, tuition-free college & a living wage pic.twitter.com/voMk0XmRhz
— Democracy Now! (@democracynow) November 7, 2018
However, Pelosi does not seem intimidated by the opposition.
“Come on in. The water’s warm,” Pelosi said.