Chutzpah Alert: Driehaus Won't Commit To Pelosi
In a move that pits him against the liberal Democratic base just weeks after asking it for money, Rep. Steve Driehaus (D-Ohio) became the latest member to say he won't commit to voting for Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) to be Speaker again.
In a chat with Cincinnati.com readers, Driehaus, who is facing former Rep. Steve Chabot (R) in a rematch this year, was asked if he would back Pelosi if Democrats retain the majority next Tuesday.
"I expect Speaker Pelosi will have a challenge within the caucus," Driehaus responded. "And I will hold my vote until I know who's running for Speaker."
With the remark, Driehaus became the 18th House Democrat who has either said that they won't back Pelosi again or would consider voting for someone else.
Driehaus' remarks are striking because they show him snubbing his nose at the liberal wing of the Democratic Party that Pelosi represents just two weeks after making a direct plea to it for money. After the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee canceled its air reservations in Driehaus' district -- a sign that they viewed his chances as long -- Driehaus made a direct plea for money on ActBlue.com, a liberal fundraising site.
On the other hand, Pelosi is closely tied to the DCCC. So both his ActBlue.com plea and his ambivalence toward Pelosi could both be a result of his disappointment that the committee pulled out of his Cincinnati-area district.
"The DCCC recently pulled millions of dollars in advertising from members who stood for our Democratic principles and are re-investing that money in the races of Democrats who didn't have the guts to take the tough votes," Driehaus' ActBlue page says. "Send a message to the DCCC that you support members who stand up for the American people."
After the jump is a full breakdown of Democrats who have said they either won't support Pelosi or would consider someone else.