New reports indicate that Nancy Pelosi will launch another Congressional campaign despite previously promising to step down as the top House Democrat after 2022.
The Washington Examiner reports:
Pelosi has held her party’s top role in the House as both speaker and minority leader for nearly two decades. During leadership elections in 2018, Pelosi agreed to a term-limit plan that would mean she would not seek the speaker’s gavel after the 2022 elections. Last year, she affirmed her commitment to the plan.
But the CNN report published on Sunday, citing “sources familiar with Pelosi’s thinking,” said that Pelosi is keeping open the possibility of breaking that pledge and seeking to remain the leader of House Democrats after 2022.
Running for another term and keeping open the possibility of seeking a leadership position again helps Pelosi keep control over her caucus and avoid being seen as a “lame-duck speaker,” a term that Republican House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy has used to describe her.
It may also quiet speculation about who can replace her as the Democratic leader in the House, avoiding monthslong angling for the position among top contenders that distracts from campaigning against Republicans in the midterm elections.
The report came after an October interview that left many speculating that Pelosi was planning her exit when she refused to answer if she planned to run for another term.