House Speaker Nancy Pelosi ended any hopes that she would finally call it quits on Tuesday – announcing plans to seek re-election this fall claiming she is doing it “for the children.”
“Pelosi’s announcement that she will run for reelection comes despite her previous pledge in 2018 that this term would be her last as Speaker after leading House Democrats for the last 19 years,” The Hill reported.
“With Democrats facing an uphill battle to keep their House majority after this year’s midterm elections, speculation has grown that House Democrats will replace their old guard of leadership.”
In a three-minute video posted to Twitter, the 81-year-old Pelosi said that her “why” for being in Congress is “for the children.”
“While we’ve made progress, much more needs to be done to improve people’s lives,” she said. “Our democracy is at risk because of the assaults on the truth, the assaults on the U.S. Capitol, and the state by state assault on voting rights. This election is crucial. Nothing less is at stake than our democracy. But as we say, we don’t agonize, we organize.”
“And that is why I am running for re-election to Congress and respectfully seek your support,” she concluded. “I’d be greatly honored by it. And grateful for it. Thank you so much.”
At least one CNN pundit is open about hoping that Pelosi reconsiders her decision, and decides to retire after all.
Bakari Sellers told CNN’s “The Lead” that the California Democrat should selflessly “hang up the cleats” to allow more people within the party to step up.
“I firmly believe that it’s time for new leadership in the House Democratic Caucus. I think it’s time for new leadership throughout the Democratic Party. Not only do we have to get younger but more vibrant and have bigger and bolder ideas to bring in a new generation of voters,” Sellers said.
Pelosi was first elected by her party to be House Minority Leader from 2003 to 2007 before she became speaker in 2007 to 2011 and again since 2019.
“Nancy Pelosi will go down in history as the greatest speaker of all time,” Sellers continued. “Whether or not you’re talking about ushering a country through COVID or passing Obamacare, or the Affordable Care Act. So, her legacy is already written. But there comes a time, whether or not you’re Nancy Pelosi, or whether or not you’re, you know, Tom Brady, that sometimes you have to hang up the cleats when it comes to being leader of your particular party or leader of your organization.”
Sellers then suggested that perhaps Pelosi could remain in office but simply hand over the leadership role. “Part of being a great leader is knowing when it is time to turn the reins over,” he concluded.
Many have referred to Pelosi as the “poster child” in the argument for term-limits, as the Democrat has served in congress for upwards of 30 years and is now well past the average age of retirement for Americans.
Author: Michael Wallace