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Delegating Lets Pelosi Focus on 2012

Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (center) is working to be a positive force for Democrats leading into the 2012 election cycle. By tapping others in her party to speak out on the issues of the day, Pelosi is positioning herself for another run for the speakership.

There is some speculation the Minority Leader might retire after the 2012 elections, but her allies insist her recent public outreach is not an attempt to solidify her legacy before leaving Congress. It’s quite the opposite, one former Pelosi aide said.

“She wants to be Speaker again and take back the House. And that’s what she’s trying to do,” the former aide said.

Then again, colleagues note that Pelosi’s multi-front response to the GOP criticism over contraception coverage was necessary for her to defend what she referred to as “the crowning jewel” of the Democratic agenda under the Obama administration.

“I would say her signature effort in Congress is the health care bill, and this is part of the health care bill,” Maloney said of the contraception coverage provision that Republicans charged was an infringement on religious freedom.

“We’re all thinking about tomorrow and 2012 because we see the importance of these issues and how they’re fighting to turn them back,” Maloney added.

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