Pelosi again dodges whether she’ll run for speaker if Democrats retain chamber
Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s decision on whether to run again for speaker of the House has loomed so large on the national agenda for days that it might not be immediately obvious where the action is headed.
In the wake of a New York Times report that the Democrats are considering nominating Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) to be their floor leader, questions about the party’s leadership have returned to the daily dialogue within the party. As one Democratic lawmaker put it, “I don’t think we’ve ever had a leadership race in the House of Representatives like this.”
The Times story has created a political and policy dilemma for Pelosi: Should she seek another term as speaker, and perhaps a full term as the House Democratic leader, or abandon her leadership ambitions and seek a third-straight presidential race in 2020?
Although Pelosi has expressed no interest in running for the Democrats’ presidential nomination after leaving Congress nine years ago, she would remain the top-tier contender to regain her position as speaker and lead the party moving forward after the 2020 election.
As Pelosi’s second term as speaker continues to unfold, she’s facing questions about her role as the nation’s top Democrat, whether she can hold to her progressive ideals as majority leader, and whether she’s ready to serve as a chief executive for one more decade.
Here’s what else is happening with the political drama on Capitol Hill:
Pelosi’s decision not to run again for speaker is an open question.
Pelosi announced last week that she plans to step down as minority leader. She said that it was “time” to do so and that she will devote her time to helping her successor, House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer Jr., build a team for his campaign in 2020.
It was not immediately clear