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For Stephen Lynch D-Mass. if the choice for House Speaker comes down to just a Republican and Nancy Pelosi he’ll support the California Democrat despite previously signing onto a letter calling for “new leadership.”

The entire House votes for speaker January 3, and this is where the math gets troublesome for Pelosi, assuming all the Republicans stick together to vote for their leader, Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., as speaker.

The chaos theory will be put to the test this coming week when House Democrats meet in private for a vote nominating Pelosi to become speaker in January.

Rep. -elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of NY said in a tweet: "I hope that we can move swiftly to conclude this discussion about party positions, so that we can spend more time discussing party priorities". Pelosi needs to garner only half the Democratic Caucus to win the nomination, a threshold she is expected to clear easily. In 2016, 63 Democrats voted against Pelosi for minority leader in caucus and only four did so on the floor. It instead supports allowing bipartisan measures to have a chance of being debated and voted upon. Higgins ended up endorsing Pelosi after she vowed to support health care and infrastructure proposals that he champions.

Rep. Seth Moulton of MA, who helped spearhead a letter last week in which 16 Democrats said it was time for Pelosi to stand aside, said that his effort was "bigger than her", as Democratic aides aligned with him said that some of the defectors were searching for a deal that would ultimately allow them to vote for her.

It is not certain that Fudge will, indeed, run against Pelosi.

Pelosi is also working to mollify a less vocal group of critics who could nonetheless cause problems for her on the floor. Rep. Jim McGovern (D-Mass.), the incoming chairman of the House Rules Committee, will also be in attendance. The number of rebels trying to oust Pelosi appears to be dwindling.

During a recent interview with CNN, Pelosi spoke out about those that are suggesting that she shouldn't become the new Speaker of the House.

Pelosi's office could not immediately be reached to comment for this story.

Democratic Rep. Nancy Pelosi of California became the first female House Speaker when she was elected in 2007
Democratic Rep. Nancy Pelosi of California became the first female House Speaker when she was elected in 2007

"If the face of our party is Nancy Pelosi, with all due respect, I think we lose the House again", Lynch said, arguing that Democrats needed a more centrist approach that would appeal to voters in the Midwest and blue-collar areas.

"The letter signers hoped to create the space for other candidates to run for Speaker in caucus, but now it looks like it will take a failed floor vote for others to announce", according to a Democratic source involved in the effort. Should these incoming freshmen vote for Pelosi, Republicans would certainly highlight their support in campaign ads that decry them as hypocrites.

"Some will ask why I have changed my position". "They elected me to get things done".

"The goal is to demonstrate that Leader Pelosi does not have the votes to be elected speaker on the House floor and encourage an alternative Democratic candidate to step forward", the staffer continued. Pelosi needs 218 to win the job, if all Republicans oppose her, which is likely.

Congresswoman-elect Sharice Davids on election night.

Davids knocked off GOP Rep. Kevin Yoder, scoring a key pickup for Democrats in Kansas.

They want her to allow bills to the floor for debate and a vote if they receive 290 cosponsors, fast-track debates and votes for amendments with at least 20 Democratic and 20 Republican cosponsors, and allow members to introduce one bill for debate and vote on their committees, as long as they are relevant to the panel and have a cosponsor from the other party. "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", Rep. Seth Moulton, D-Massachusetts, a Pelosi critic, said in a statement Monday.

On top of that, nine Democrats in the bipartisan group called the Problem Solvers Caucus have vowed to oppose her unless she backs several rules reforms created to make it easier for rank-and-file members to advance bipartisan bills.

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