House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi maintained her silence on Friday about whether she wants to remain as the Democratic leader, and avoided addressing her plans in a letter sent to fellow party lawmakers.
The upbeat “Dear Colleague” letter about the election results seems to lay out an argument about why the San Francisco congresswoman should remain the House’s top Democrat — if she chooses to run in internal caucus elections the week after Thanksgiving.
House Democrats will gather for their first postelection meeting on Wednesday; however, some members say they anticipate Pelosi may make her intentions known before then. So far, no one is challenging the only woman to ever hold the speaker’s gavel.
“House Democrats outperformed expectations,” Pelosi gushes in her letter about the election results, which now is a net gain of seven seats for Democrats. That makes for a likely total of 200 Democrats in the 435-seat chamber.
Democrats lost control of the House—and Pelosi’s speaker’s gavel—when Republicans gained 63 seats in the 2010 elections.
Nonetheless, in the letter Pelosi claimed that Tuesday’s results for Democrats “outperformed recent history."
“No party with a lead of less than 1 point in the generic ballot has netted more than five seats in the last 20 years,” she notes. She goes on to talk about how Republicans “had promised to make double-digit gains but because of your investment in House Democrats we picked up seats.
“Even the Cook Political Report wrote that Democrats had ‘a better-than-expected night,' ” Pelosi boasts.
She goes on to talk about size and diversity of the incoming caucus; for the first time it will be comprised of more minority and women members than white men.
“Our larger, more diverse caucus will play a greater role in support of President Obama and our colleagues in the Senate,” Pelosi writes.
And, in a possible indication that she might intend to stay as leader, Pelosi writes: “We pledge to work alongside the president and stand ready to work across the aisle to move our nation forward and address the American people’s top priorities: creating jobs, growing the economy, strengthening the middle class, and protecting Medicare.”