Lynch flips, says he will back Pelosi
WASHINGTON — Democratic Rep. Stephen Lynch, who had opposed Rep. Nancy Pelosi’s bid for House speaker, reversed course and announced on Friday that he will support her candidacy.
It was the latest boost to Ms. Pelosi’s bid to regain the speaker’s gavel after eight years in the minority and the latest blow to the small band of Democrats who are threatening to withhold their votes to force a shakeup in the party’s top ranks.
Mr. Lynch of Massachusetts had signed a letter last month calling for “new leadership” at the top of the party, joining 15 colleagues. But on Friday he said Ms. Pelosi, D-Calif., had his “full support” following “several days of productive conversations and growing clarity on the future direction and priorities of the Democratic House.”
Mr. Lynch’s reversal puts Ms. Pelosi closer to securing the votes she needs to win in a scheduled Jan. 3 election, though she still remains several votes short.