Lynch flips, says he will back Pelosi

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - - National -

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.

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