WASHINGTON – Despite widespread complaints about massive losses that will put Democrats in the minority, Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Friday she will try to stay on as leader of her party in the House.
Pelosi said many colleagues urged her to seek the post of minority leader in the new Congress that convenes in January. Republicans, who grabbed more than 60 Democrat-held seats Tuesday, will elect the next speaker.
“We have no intention of allowing our great achievements to be rolled back,” Pelosi, 70, said in a letter to her colleagues.
Allies said Pelosi would not make the bid unless she felt she had the votes. Some cautioned, however, that House members vote by secret ballot when electing their leaders. Pelosi’s caucus is more heavily liberal now that many moderate Democrats lost on Tuesday, but even some Pelosi admirers are distressed by the magnitude of the losses.