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The group of Democrats opposing Nancy Pelosi has virtually collapsed.



Rep. Seth Moulton D-Mass., is questioned by reporters about his opposition to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., becoming the speaker of the House when the Democrats take the majority in the 116th Congress, in the basement of the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018. A group of 17 Democrats led by Moulton, Rep. Kathleen Rice, D-N.Y., and others, have pledged to vote against Pelosi's return as the first female speaker of the House. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
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  • Nancy Pelosi is consolidating support as she mounts her
    unopposed campaign to be the next speaker of the House.
  • Several members of the anti-Pelosi group that were opposing
    her as party leader have flipped in recent days.
  • Massachusetts Rep. Seth Moulton, one of the members leading
    the opposition to Pelosi, is reportedly shifting his strategy
    against the leadership team.

WASHINGTON — Just several days after releasing a letter to state
their opposition Nancy Pelosi becoming speaker of hte House and
retaining her top spot in the caucus, that group of House
Democrats has virtually collapsed.

Despite initially having an
uncertain future
in the wake of an election brought forth by
a surge of outsider, anti-establishment candidates, opposition to
the longtime California Democrat has dwindled and some of the
hardline anti-Pelosi Democrats have completely flipped their

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Democrats release letter opposing Nancy Pelosi as next speaker of
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“The candidates who said that they will vote for new
leadership are going to uphold that promise,” Moulton said in an

with the Boston Globe days after the midterm
elections earlier in November. “They’re not going to go along
with what the party wants them to do if it’s not the right thing
for the district or country.”

And since then, Moulton has expressed confidence the votes
are there to sink Pelosi’s unopposed campaign to become speaker
of the House when the new Congress takes form in January.

Moulton, alongside 15 other Democrats and incoming freshmen,

released a letter
detailing their opposition to Pelosi.

More anti-Pelosi Democrats are flipping by the day

In the days that followed, names have started to drop from that
list of 16.

Ohio Rep. Marcia Fudge, who had been mulling a challenge against
Pelosi, removed her name from the letter before it was made
public. Fudge then swiftly backed Pelosi just before Thanksgiving
in exchange for restoration of a House Administration
Subcommittee on Elections, of which Fudge would become its new

The dealmaking did not stop there either. Rep. Brian Higgins
removed his name from the letter and flipped his position to back
Pelosi after receiving assurances that a couple of his policy
priorities would top the list for Democrats in 2019, with him
being “the lead person on the Medicare buy-in,”
according to an
with The Buffalo News.

On Monday, Massachusetts Rep. Stephen Lynch bailed on his
colleagues who signed the letter opposing Pelosi. In an
with WCBV-Boston, Lynch said that while he still
wants a change in leadership, “If it becomes a choice
between a Republican and Nancy Pelosi
, I’ll
obviously support Nancy Pelosi.”

The number of Democrats opposed to Pelosi has shrunken because of
her superior dealmaking ability, but also due to fear of survival
if they remain defiant toward such a powerful figure in their

With such a massive turnover in the House, there are many new
committee spots needed to be filled by Democrats, meaning there
are deals to be made and positions some members want to keep for

Sensing the new mood on Capitol Hill, Moulton changed his tune,

according the Washington Post

Moulton is reportedly shifting his focus away from the fight
against Pelosi and instead looking at the rest of the senior
members of the leadership team.

But Reps. Steny Hoyer and Jim Clyburn — who are respectively
running for Majority Leader and Majority Whip — are mounting
their campaigns unopposed. Further, those positions do not
require 218 floor votes to secure their positions, making the
likelihood of a win that much stronger.

Whether that means Moulton is conceding defeat or looking for an
easier challenge is unclear, though he remained adamant he wants
a change in the leadership structure that has been in place for
more than a decade.

“Leader Pelosi wants to boil this down to a personal argument,
but this is so much bigger than her,” Moulton told the Washington
Post in a statement. “It’s about the entire, stagnant
three-person leadership team and having a serious conversation
about promoting leaders who reflect the future of our caucus.”

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