Dems Nominate Pelosi For Speaker But Moulton Says 'No Deal'
Nov 29, 2018 08:47PM
● By Bill Gilman
Moulton Statement on Meeting with Leader Pelosi
Earlier this week, House Democrats overwhelmingly nominated Rep. Nancy Pelosi to serve as Speaker of the House. But it's hardly a 'done deal' that Pelosi will be restored to the position she held from 2007-2011.
Rep. Seth Moulton (MA-6) is leading a pack of young party upstarts that want to see a new generation of leadership in the party. At the very least, they are demanding that Pelosi, 78, agree to road map that would gradually transition party leadership.
The Democratic Caucus vote to nominate Pelosi was 203-32. However, she will need as many as 218 votes during the final floor vote in January to win the speakership. That means Moulton and his faction still wield power to force Pelosi into some concessions.
However, when Reps. Moulton, Rice and Ryan met with Pelosi earlier this week, the two were unable to strike a deal to satisfy the dissenter.
Following the meeting, Moulton released the following statement:
“Congresswoman Rice, Congressman Ryan, and I were glad to accept an invitation from Leader Pelosi ahead of the Caucus vote this afternoon. As we have stated from the beginning, this has always been bigger than any one individual. It is about having a conversation, as a party, about what our future looks like and how our leadership can best reflect the House we have just won.
“The private sector, non-profit organizations, even the Republican Party, have been able to have the difficult conversations about what a plan for succession looks like. No one wants to see this civil conversation spill into a floor fight. Right now, Leader Pelosi will not have the 218 votes necessary to become Speaker. Her three-person leadership team has been unchanged in 11 years. Our request was, and has always been, simple. Produce a meaningful plan for a leadership transition, as you promised in the summer, to allow a new generation of leadership to step forward.
“I am disappointed to report that no agreement was reached in this initial meeting. We are hopeful Leader Pelosi will invite us back to the table to plan for the future success of the Democratic Party.”