House Minority Speaker Nancy Pelosi got some very bad news on Wednesday.
Just hours after Pelosi guaranteed that she’d return to her job in 2019 as speaker in the new Democrat-controlled House of Representatives, scores of Democrats came forward with their own promise.
Pelosi made headlines when she dared potential rivals for the gavel to come forward earlier this week. Political rivals responded with their own message: “Never Nancy.”
A group of angry House Democrats vowed Wednesday to produce enough votes to block her from becoming the House’s new speaker.
Disgruntled Democrats claim they have 17 names on a letter opposing Pelosi’s leadership, and are promising to air the document soon. They say those signing on are pledging to vote against the Californian when the full chamber elects the next speaker on Jan. 3.
In other words, just like The Horn News predicted, Pelosi is about to be fired as speaker.
New York Rep. Kathleen Rice, Democrat, confirmed the “Never Nancy” letter Tuesday, and a Democratic insider told The Associated Press it stood at 17 names as of Wednesday.
Pelosi, asked by a reporter about her message to rebellious colleagues, challenged them to step forward.
“Come on in, the water’s warm,” she said.
Democrats seeking to block Pelosi argue it’s time to give younger Democrats a chance to rise to high-level posts. They also say that Republicans have done such a good job demonizing her in campaign ads that it’s hard for Democrats to be elected in closely contested, moderate districts.
No challenger brave enough to challange Pelosi has emerged, but the group agitating for changes at the top of party leadership says there would be plenty of candidates should her bid be derailed.
“The first step is showing that she cannot get to 218, and then I believe the challengers will emerge,” Rice told reporters. She said that would make new members “feel more comfortable that they’re not just taking a no vote just to take a no vote.”
But Pelosi remains defiant.
“I will be speaker,” she said Wednesday.
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The Associated Press contributed to this article