WASHINGTON (AP) – House Speaker Nancy Pelosi he is expected to discuss his plans with his colleagues on Thursday after Democrats lost control of the House to Republicans in the midterm elections..
Pelosi’s decision to either become the Democratic leader or step aside is widely expected. It will come after the party fended off an expected Republican coup in the House and Senate and after a brutal coup. to her husband, Paul, late last month with an intruder in their home in San Francisco.
“The speaker plans to speak about her future tomorrow to her staff. Stay tuned,” Pelosi’s spokesman Drew Hammill wrote on Twitter on Wednesday.
Pelosi is expected to speak on the floor of the House, but there is no time. The chamber opens at 10 a.m. EST, before legal business begins at noon. The speaker took home two versions of his speech for the night to rehearse.
The speaker has been “overwhelmed with calls from colleagues, friends and supporters,” Hammill said, adding that he spent Wednesday evening monitoring the results in the last districts where votes were being counted.
The Democrat from California, who stands to become the first woman to deliver the speaker’s speech, is a key figure in US politics.
By announcing her candidacy, Pelosi could start the House Democratic leadership ahead of internal elections next month as Democrats prepare for their new position as the minority party in the new Congress.
Pelosi’s leadership team, with Majority Leader Steny Hoyer of Maryland and Democratic Whip James Clyburn of South Carolina, has been operating as a triumvirate. Hoyer and Clyburn are also making decisions about their futures.
All of whom are in their 80s, the three House Democratic leaders have met with unstable colleagues who want them to step down and let a new generation take over.
Democrats Rep. Hakeem Jeffries of New York, Rep. Katherine Clark of Massachusetts and Rep. California’s Pete Aguilar has also moved as a trio at times, all working toward leadership positions alone.
First elected to the House in 1987, Pelosi has long been derided by Republicans as a liberal in San Francisco while slowly rising as an accomplished lawmaker and fundraiser. Her Democratic colleagues have been slow to praise and fear Pelosi’s strong leadership.