Linda Sánchez and Filemón Vela Say #NeverNancy
Sixteen House Democrats on Monday released a letter in which they vowed to oppose Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) bid for Speaker if her nomination gets sent to the House floor. The members -- which include Congresswoman Linda Sánchez (D-CA) and Congressman Filemón Vela (D-TX) -- wrote that: “Democrats ran and won on a message of change. Our majority came on the backs of candidates who said that they would support new leadership because voters in hard-won districts, and across the country, want to see real change in Washington. We promised to change the status quo and we intend to deliver on that promise.” They place Pelosi’s bid to reclaim the gavel in jeopardy -- Democrats currently have a 232-200 majority, with three races uncalled. Sixteen Dems opposing her is enough to put her speakership in doubt, as it leaves her with 216 votes max when she needs 218. However, the letter includes the signatures of Ben McAdams -- who has fallen behind Congresswoman Mia Love (R-UT) in their pending race -- and NY Dem Anthony Brindisi -- whose race is also pending. And Congresswoman Marcia Fudge (D-OH), who had initially signed and is weighing a challenge to Pelosi, did not sign the letter. More here.