Some freshmen who in the past said they would oppose U.S. Rep. Nancy Pelosi for speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives actively avoided the press when exiting a Wednesday caucus meeting ahead of today’s leadership vote, according to a report in Politico.
Reps.-Elect Abigail Spanberger of Virginia and Mikie Sherrill of New Jersey, for example, avoided reporters after the meeting, the report states.
Pelosi expects to regain the speakership today. Sherill and Rep.-elect Jeff Van Drew both said on the campaign trail that they would not support Pelosi for the leadership post. But while Van Drew has maintained his position since the election, Sherrill has shied away from discussing the speakership.
It won’t really matter in the end, as it turns out.
“A group of rebel incumbents trying to oust Pelosi was trying to downplay expectations ahead of the Wednesday vote, a sign that Pelosi’s confidence is not unfounded,” according to the Politico report. “The Pelosi critics are hinting that fewer Democrats may vote against her than in 2016, when 63 Democrats opposed Pelosi and backed Rep. Tim Ryan for minority leader.”