Pelosi ‘expected to step down’ after 2022 midterms, WaPo contributor reveals

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has held the speakership three times since 2007. However, a new report insists that her current term will be her last.

The Daily Wire cited an article published by The Washington Post this week stating that it is widely believed Pelosi will be retiring after November’s midterm elections.  

Post contributor Marianna Sotomayor wrote on Monday that “is expected to step down at the close of this Congress,” concluding what Sotomayor described as “a historic career.”

Dems want diversity

She cited such highlights as “trying to end George W. Bush’s Iraq War, implementing President Barack Obama’s signature health-care law, impeaching President Donald Trump twice and squeezing President Biden’s sweeping agenda through a narrowly controlled House.”

Although one might think that Democrats would be interested in selecting the most competent person possible to succeed Pelosi, Sotomayor contends that matters of race and gender will be closely considered.

She said that “the members interviewed overwhelmingly agreed that Pelosi’s replacement should be equally as historic as electing the first female speaker.”

“That leaves White men who are mulling a run — such as Hoyer and Rep. Adam B. Schiff (D-CA), a Pelosi ally — in a difficult spot with a party that is looking for more diversity at the top.”

However, it would likely provide an advantage to New York Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D) “who would be the first Black person to lead either party in either chamber.”

Other strong candidates include House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD), and House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn (D-SC). Yet as a recent Guardian article pointed out, both Hoyer and Clyburn are in their 80s.

GOP predicted to win

Having either person take up the reigns could be unpopular, with the WaPo piece observing that there are “questions about whether it may be time for some fresh faces to manage the House Democratic caucus.”

Of course, the biggest obstacle for any of Pelosi’s potential successors could well be American voters, as polls suggest that Republicans are expected to make big gains this fall.

A survey released late last month by John Zogby Strategies found that the party is doing well with independents, among whom 45% want the GOP to take control on Capitol Hill compared to just 27% who want pawer to remain with Democrats.

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