For Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), who has been in the House since 1987, it marks the end of an era. Pelosi made the somewhat expected announcement early on Thursday afternoon, saying she was stepping down after having the privilege of serving under three presidents when in reality she served under four. She purposefully excluded her former “boss,” former President Donald Trump, from the four presidents she served under in total, not just three.
Even while the GOP leadership and conservatives all throughout the country are happy about this, Pelosi’s rule isn’t yet gone.
Pelosi, 82, said in a speech on the House floor “My friends, no matter what title you all, my colleagues, have bestowed upon me, speaker, leader, whip, there is no greater official honor for me than to stand on this floor and to speak for the people of San Francisco.”
“This I will continue to do as a member of the House, speaking for the people of San Francisco, serving the great state of California, and defending our constitution. And with great confidence in our caucus, I will not seek re-election to democratic leadership in the next Congress.”
Democrats were anxiously expecting news of Pelosi’s future, according to the Daily Mail, which comes during the wake of Republicans gaining control of the House and her husband Paul being treated for a hammer attack.
There were rumors that Pelosi might serve in Congress in a sort of emeritus capacity, giving her advisor status to House Democrats and President Joe Biden, but stepping down from formal leadership to make way for a newer generation of legislators.
“For me the hour’s come for a new generation to lead the democratic caucus that I so deeply respect. And I am grateful that so many are ready and willing to shoulder this awesome responsibility,” Pelosi remarked.
She added that she has collaborated with George W. Bush, Barack Obama, and Joe Biden while serving as speaker. She noticeably omitted Donald Trump, with whom she reportedly had a contentious relationship, according to the Daily Mail.
Following the news of her resignation, Democrats on the House floor surrounded the soon-to-be-former Speaker of the House, offering her hugs and kisses in appreciation for her and her service.
It surprised me to see California Democratic Rep. Eric Swalwell attend Pelosi’s speech with his little daughter. Hearing the Speaker announce that she was quitting her position, Swalwell gave his small daughter a hearty hug.
More on this story via The Republic Brief:
Among those within her own party congratulating Pelosi on her service and subsequent retirement, was her long-time close ally in the Senate, Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer.
The Democratic side of the House was filled to the brim with lawmakers and staff. The Republican side was notably empty with less than a dozen seats filled. The GOP’s Number Two leader, Steve Scalise, was there and gave her a standing ovation. There was no sight of the Republicans’ top leader, Kevin McCarthy, the Daily Mail noted.
In her remarks, Pelosi thanked her family and particularly mentioned her husband, who is recovering in Pelosi’s crime-ridden San Francisco district. CONTINUE READING…