House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi plans on staying in leadership if Democrats win back the chamber in November.
“We will win. I will run for speaker. I feel confident about it. And my members do, too,” the California Democrat told The Boston Globe on Tuesday. She was in Boston for a Democratic fundraiser hosted by Massachusetts Rep. Katherine M. Clark.
Pelosi said it was important to have a woman in leadership, especially after Hillary Clinton’s loss in the 2016 presidential contest.
“It’s important that it not be five white guys at the table, no offense,” she said. “I have no intention of walking away from that table.”
Pelosi’s remarks come as House Democratic leadership has been divided about what should happen if the party fails to win a majority this fall.
Pelosi said being a frequent target of Republican attacks reflects positively on her.
“The more they do it, the more money I raise,” she said. “Because I have a following.”
She raised $16 million for the party in the first quarter of 2018.
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“I think there’s a strong desire out there in America for new leadership in Washington, not just getting rid of Republicans but getting new leadership in the Democratic Party,” he said.
But Massachusetts Rep. Stephen F. Lynch, who also backed Ryan’s challenge, said it was too early to speculate about leadership changes.
“We’ve really got to focus on getting the House back, and then we can begin infighting after,” he told the newspaper.