Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Chris Van Hollen expressed confidence Thursday morning that Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) would remain Speaker next year, despite a bleak electoral outlook for Democrats and growing unrest about the party’s top leadership in the House.
“We’re confident we’re going to maintain the majority and I’m confident Nancy Pelosi will be Speaker of the House,” the Maryland Democrat said at a Thursday breakfast hosted by the Christian Science Monitor.
Even if Democrats defy predictions and keep the majority, nearly a dozen vulnerable Members of the caucus have already refused to commit to voting for Pelosi to remain as Speaker next year. Some, such as Reps. Jim Marshall (Ga.) and Bobby Bright (Ala.), declared their intentions not to vote for her. That means Democrats would have to lose fewer than 39 seats — the number needed to keep control of the House — in order for Pelosi to have enough votes to lead the House for another term.
“The Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has an enormous reservoir of good will within the Democratic Caucus,” Van Hollen said. “She’s been fighting this fight harder than anybody, and she would be the first to tell you that this campaign is about something that’s much bigger than her. It’s obviously about making sure that we have a majority in Congress that will move the country forward and work with the president.”
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.