Pelosi formally launches effort to be re-elected as House speaker

Nancy Pelosi has formally announced her bid to remain speaker of the House in the next Congress.

According to Fox News, the California Democrat wrote in a letter to House Democrats on Thursday that she hopes to have the caucus’ support as she seeks to be re-elected to the top role in Congress’ lower chamber.

“Our vision for the next two years must be built on the success of Democratic House Majority in the 116th Congress, and to harness the extraordinary visions, values, and vibrancy of our Caucus to secure the progress that the American people deserve,” she wrote, according to Fox.

“In that spirit,” Pelosi added, “I am writing to request your support to be re-elected as Speaker.”

A rift on the left?

Pelosi’s letter comes as Democrats are licking their wounds after what they hoped would be a “blue wave” never came to fruition on Election Day. House Democrats lost a number of seats, leaving them with a narrower majority than they’ve had over the last two years.

The losses seem to have prompted something of a rift within the Democratic Party, as moderates have targeted progressives for their divisive rhetoric.

“We lost races we shouldn’t have lost. Defund police almost cost me my race because of an attack ad,” Virginia Rep. Abigail Spanberger (D) said on a Democrat conference call Thursday, according to the Daily Caller.

Spanberger also said the Democratic Party needs “to get back to basics,” arguing, “If we run this race again, we will get f*****g torn apart again in 2022,” as the Daily Caller reported.

“They’re going to come with a fight”

Pelosi, for her part, seemed to acknowledge the diverging perspectives in her Thursday letter to Democrats, saying she asked for their support in her bid for the speakership “with the utmost respect for the diverse viewpoints in our Democratic Caucus, the gravity of this role, [and] the urgency of the challenges ahead,” according to Fox.

But Republican Rep. Paul Gosar of Arizona doesn’t think Pelosi will get off that easily. According to Breitbart, Gosar said last week that progressives in the Democratic Party might try to put up someone like South Carolina Rep. James Clyburn (D) as their leader in the House.

“They’re going to come with a fight,” Gosar said of progressives, “and that’s why I think there’s going to be a civil war that occurs over the next several weeks before the speakership race. And I think there’s a change coming. And when that change comes, I think it will be somebody like Jim Clyburn that they put in that position that maybe can mitigate the fiasco that is occurring within that Democratic Party.”

Only time will tell.

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