Leadership elections spark Pelosi speculation

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October 20, 2012

By JAKE SHERMAN and ANNA PALMER | Politico

House Democrats are attempting to push their leadership elections to after Thanksgiving, a move that has sparked a fresh round of speculation about Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s future in Washington.

House Republicans will elect their leaders the week of Nov 12. Democrats want to elect their leaders on Dec. 5 — a month after Election Day. Typically, Republicans and Democrats elect their leaders during the same week when newly elected lawmakers are in town for member orientation.

The decision was announced by the California Democrat on a leadership conference call last week, an aide involved with the discussions said.

This aide said “leadership members complained about getting calls from candidates — candidates were complaining about getting calls from those running in the Vice Chair race asking for pledges of support.”

“The leadership decided that this was distracting for candidates that need to be focused on their races and the transition process after the election,” the aide added.

Vice chair of the Democratic caucus, one of the lowest ranking leadership positions, is expected to be the only contested race if Pelosi remains the top Democrat in the chamber. Should she decide to step down, there would most likely be a flurry of activity as other leaders and rank-and-file members consider bids to ascend the leadership ladder.

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