House Speaker Nancy Pelosi officially informed her Democratic colleagues on Thursday that she plans to run for Speaker of the House again for the 117th Congress, which will take over several weeks before Inauguration Day.
“Our vision for the next two years must be to build on the success of the Democratic House Majority in the 116th Congress, and to harness the extraordinary vision, values, and vibrancy of our Caucus to secure the progress that the American people deserve,” Pelosi wrote in a one-page letter to colleagues on Thursday, reports Politico.
“I am writing to request your support to be re-elected as Speaker. I do so with the utmost respect for the diverse viewpoints of our Democratic Caucus, the gravity of this role, and the urgency of the challenges ahead. I also do so with great joy and appreciation to so many of you who have already offered your support and engagement.”
Pelosi also made several seemingly premature claims in the letter about the future of the federal government, including a comment in which she thanked recipients for “strengthening” the Democratic majority in the House amidst the 2020 election.
However, Democrats have thus far underperformed in the House, a realization that has caused infighting within the Democratic caucus about allowing the left-wing flank of the party to dominate the narrative with radical messaging.
One of the most prominent examples of the infighting came after The Washington Post leaked audio of a Democratic caucus phone call, during which Congresswoman Abigail Spanberger (D-VA) blasted the left-wing of the party for its sloganeering and how it allegedly made her re-election campaign difficult. She also declared that none of them should be using the terms “defund the police” and “socialism.”
“And if we are classifying Tuesday as a success from a congressional standpoint, we will get f****** torn apart in 2022,” said Spanberger.
While some members of Congress reportedly agreed with the sentiments about the party’s radical wing, Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) and Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) have made it publicly known that they disagree.“It’s unrealistic and unprofessional to be okay with people dying because air pollution is causing cancer in their communities. It’s unrealistic and unprofessional to look away while Black folks get gunned down in the streets by police,” tweeted Tlaib in response to a quote from Congressman Conor Lamb (D-PA) urging “professionalism.”