House Dems re-elect Pelosi as leader de­spite dis­con­tent

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - NATION+WORLD -

House Democrats re-elected Nancy Pelosi as their leader Wed­nes­day, rat­i­fy­ing the sta­tus quo in a chang­ing Wash­ing­ton de­spite wide­spread frus­tra­tion over the party’s di­rec­tion.

That dis­en­chant­ment man­i­fested it­self in 63 law­mak­ers sup­port­ing Pelosi’s op­po­nent, Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan, in the se­cret-bal­lot vote. That was by far the largest de­fec­tion Pelosi has suf­fered since she be­gan lead­ing House Democrats in 2002.

Still, the Cal­i­for­nia law­maker had de­clared ahead of time that more than two-thirds of the cau­cus was sup­port­ing her, and she won al­most ex­actly two-thirds with 134 votes. It was a tes­ta­ment to her vote-count­ing skills and to her abil­ity to hang onto power even in dark days for Democrats, as they con­front a cap­i­tal that will be fully con­trolled by the GOP next year.

“I have a spe­cial spring in my step today be­cause this op­por­tu­nity is a spe­cial one,” Pelosi said.

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