WASHINGTON (AP) – It’s the big question confronting newly elected House Democrats: Will you vote for Nancy Pelosi?
The freshmen swept into office by the midterm elections are caught at the center of an escalating power struggle over Pelosi’s future. And that’s before they’re sworn in.
The clash intensified Monday as Pelosi’s critics unveiled a letter signed by 16 Democrats, including five freshmen, vowing to oppose her. That could be enough to derail her bid, if it holds.
A clear alternative to the party leader has not yet emerged. A test vote is coming when lawmakers return from Thanksgiving break next week The new members get to vote in the party election, though they’re not officially in Congress yet.