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Editor’s Note: A previous version of this story incorrectly reported that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi purchased a $25 million mansion in Florida. According to a fact check from AFP, “Social media posts claim that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi bought a $25 million mansion in Florida. This is false; the home pictured in posts was not sold to Pelosi, the realtor said, and the California representative’s office dismissed claims that her family was seeking such real estate.” We have updated our story and headlines to reflect the new information.
“This information is inaccurate,” Pelosi deputy chief of staff Drew Hammill told AFP. “There’s no such pending sale nor is the family looking or interested.”
As rumors continue that she may be retiring before the 2022 midterm elections, she has made a purchase that has some scratching their heads.
The 81-year-old speaker has apparently purchased a $25 million mansion in Florid, The Nancy Pelosi Portfolio Tracker said on Twitter.
Everyone in Florida is dead of COVID and that's why Nancy Pelosi is buying a 25 million dollar home on the beach and all of the politicians are sneaking off to our state for vacation. https://t.co/4fSJpw3rQh
— Jordan Schachtel @ dossier.substack.com (@JordanSchachtel) November 23, 2021
Nancy Pelosi just bought a 11,000 square foot $25 million mansion in Florida. Someone doesn't want to pay exorbitant taxes in her home state she has ruined. Climate change and global warming thrown out the door. pic.twitter.com/gRBoZnXZIK
— Nancy Pelosi Portfolio Tracker (@NancyTracker) November 23, 2021
Nancy Pelosi just bought a $25,000,000 mansion in Florida.
Remember this the next time she criticizes @GovRonDeSantis for keeping Florida open and taxes low.
— Andrew Pollack (@AndrewPollackFL) November 23, 2021
FL broker just spilled that 1%er Nancy Pelosi is buying a beach front mansion in a Republican state – Jupiter Island, FL – reportedly 423 Beach Rd.
Curious if she maintains CA residency and still pays all the taxes she endorses for the rest of us.
— Heather R. Higgins (@TheHRH) November 16, 2021
On November 6, Georgia Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene addressed the Speaker’s house shopping.
“Nancy Pelosi went house hunting last week in south Florida. She was actually on my plane. She wants to retire in Florida to enjoy low taxes, mask-free hair salons, and Republican freedom policies, while literally destroying all these good things for the American people,” she said.
Nancy Pelosi went house hunting last week in south Florida.
She was actually on my plane.
She wants to retire in Florida to enjoy low taxes, mask free hair salons, and Republican freedom policies, while literally destroying all these good things for the American people.
— Marjorie Taylor Greene 🇺🇸 (@mtgreenee) November 6, 2021
And the news of her new home comes as rumor about her possible retirement have been the talk of Washington, DC.
The 81-year-old Speaker has hinted that she may retire before the 2022 midterm elections and now she may make good on it, CNN reported.
After taking back the House in 2018, Nancy Pelosi called herself “a bridge to the next generation of leaders” and agreed to a deal: she’d serve again as speaker for no more than four years.
Time is now ticking — and no one knows what Pelosi will do in 2022.
Confidantes of the 81-year-old speaker reject any rumors she might quit before the end of this Congress, saying doing so would only embolden Republicans and undercut her ability to raise millions to save her party’s imperiled majority. She has yet to say if she will mount a reelection bid next year, though her campaign continues to raise millions in case she runs for the seat she’s held since 1987.
While Pelosi has previously indicated that this is her last term as speaker, she hasn’t completely shut the door quite yet, fueling speculation she could ultimately seek to prolong her 18-year tenure ruling the House Democratic caucus.
“Everyone assumes this is her last term, but no one knows for sure,” one of the confidantes said to CNN. “People don’t realize how hard it was to win (the speaker’s race) last time.”
But the source said they do not believe she would retire before the 2022 midterms.
“If she left early, she would be blamed for losing the House,” they said. “She doesn’t want to look like a loser.”
New York Democrat Rep. Hakeem Jeffries is seen by many as the heir apparent to Pelosi, but he is not speculating.
“I’ll let the drama, in terms of internal House dynamics, exist over on the Republican side of the aisle,” he said. “We have a tremendous speaker, one speaker at a time, and we all stand strongly behind her.”
Virginia Democrat Rep. Abigail Spanberger said she voted against Pelosi for speaker two times and would do so again if she attempted to be Speaker again in 2023.
“If that’s the case, I’ll be three for three,” she said. “She’s previously said that this would be her last term as speaker so I suspect that she would stick to that. But since 2018, I think I’ve been consistent on the fact that I think we really need new voices spreading the word.
New York Democrat Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, one of the leaders of the progressives in Congress, appears to want to move on from Pelosi.
“I feel like just the history of the party overall has been to almost sideline progressive priorities, racial justice priorities, priorities for the working class, health care, et cetera,” she said to CNN. “And I don’t think that any selection of leadership should ever be a de facto thing.”
“So it’s not just about an individual person,” she said. “It’s about: Who is our caucus? What is the moment? And what is the alignment at that time.”