A recently elected Democratic congresswoman now backs Nancy Pelosi as Speaker of the House; reversing course from her campaign pledge to vote for new leadership should her party retake control.
Rep.-Elect Jahana Hayes threw her support behind Pelosi while speaking with MSNBC this week; saying “No one has asked me for a vote other than Nancy Pelosi.
“I came into Washington with an open mind. I said I want to hear all the information, and I want to cast a vote that’s best for the people in my state. No one has asked me for a vote other than Nancy Pelosi. You know, last week we were here for orientation and we caucused and I was of the mind, put up or shut up,” Hayes said. “Nobody came to me, and at this point I think it’s unreasonable for anyone to expect a vote when they haven’t even asked. So I’m prepared to support Nancy Pelosi in caucus tomorrow when votes are cast.”
ONE STEP CLOSER: Another ‘Never Nancy’ Democrat CAVES, Endorses Pelosi
A prominent ‘Never Nancy’ Democrat who recently signed a letter calling for new leadership within the party reversed course this week; officially supporting Rep. Pelosi as the future Speaker of the House.
According to the Buffalo News, “Rep. Brian Higgins of Buffalo reversed course Wednesday and said he will support Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi to be the speaker of the House, delivering a devastating blow to a weakening rebellion in the ranks that aims to oust her from the top job in the incoming House of Representatives.”
Rep. Brian Higgins (D-NY), who signed the anti-Pelosi letter, flips and says he’ll support her for Speaker.https://t.co/Ee1MC7x6fe
— Sahil Kapur (@sahilkapur) November 21, 2018
“I have an agreement in principle with the Democratic leader that those are going to be two priorities, and that I will be the lead person on the Medicare buy-in,” Higgins said.
Higgins reversal paves the way for Pelosi to become the likely leader of the Democrats when they retake control of Congress in January.
PELOSI FIGHTS BACK: Liberal Groups Threaten ‘BACKLASH’ Against ‘Never Nancy’ Democrats
Liberal activists and organizations throughout the country threw their support behind Nancy Pelosi this week; warning ‘Never Nancy’ progressives of a fierce “backlash” should they oppose her leadership.
“As Nancy Pelosi faces a grueling fight with her own members to regain the speaker’s gavel in January, pro-Pelosi left-wing activist groups are warning of a ‘backlash’ against House Democrats who oppose her,” writes Fox News.
“We strongly support and call on all members of the Democratic caucus to support @NancyPelosi for Speaker. Were it not for her skilled and effective leadership, the ACA would not be law today. Dems must reject attempts to defeat her and move caucus to the right,” tweeted MoveOn.org.
We strongly support and call on all members of the Democratic caucus to support @NancyPelosi for Speaker. Were it not for her skilled and effective leadership, the ACA would not be law today. Dems must reject attempts to defeat her and move caucus to the right.
— MoveOn (@MoveOn) November 15, 2018
“If right-wing Democrats end up helping Republicans by voting against Nancy Pelosi as speaker, they can expect to face serious backlash from the same energized and mobilized base of progressive voters that just brought Democrats a majority in the House. Which certainly could extend to primaries,” added the left-wing organization.