The outgoing Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has announced that she will run for the chamber's Democratic leadership position.
According to media reports, Pelosi released a letter on Nov. 5 that revealed her desire to become the Minority Leader when the Republicans gain control of the House in January. In the statement, Pelosi said that numerous experts have called the current legislative session the most productive in the last 50 years.
She added that while the Democrats' role in the 112th Congress will change, she pledged to not allow "our great achievements to be rolled back." Pelosi's bid will likely be challenged by current Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.). The Associated Press reports that Heath Shuler (D-N.C.) may run for the position because he believes the party needs a more moderate leader.
Congressman Chaka Fattah (D-Pa.) has expressed his support for Pelosi as the next Minority Leader, saying that she is one of the most effective Speakers of all time. However, the news provider reports that some Democrats will not back Pelosi. For example, Representative John Yarmuth (D-Ky.) told a Louisville TV station last week that Pelosi is not the right leader to take the party forward.
According to the news source, some Republicans were happy about Pelosi's announcement. Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele put his hands over his head and applauded upon hearing about Pelosi's intentions.
"My breath is taken away by that announcement," he said with a grin, according to AP.