Pelosi Touts Endorsements

Posted November 10, 2010 at 11:07am

Updated: 1:41 p.m.

Nancy Pelosi is running unopposed for Minority Leader, but she still is trumpeting support she is winning in advance of what is expected to be a divided vote on her nomination to lead House Democrats next Congress.

Pelosi’s office released a statement Wednesday touting endorsements the California Democrat received from the heads of two seniors’ advocacy groups: the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare and the Alliance for Retired Americans.

“Congress needs leaders who understand that programs like Social Security and Medicare are more than just numbers on a spreadsheet. Speaker Pelosi has been a steadfast supporter of our nation’s seniors, survivors, disabled and their families and we need her leadership in Congress now more than ever,” NCPSSM President and CEO Barbara Kennelly said.

Pelosi also issued the latest in a series of “Dear Colleague” letters Wednesday, the latest calling attention to an op-ed she penned in Wednesday’s USA Today pledging to do more to promote job growth.

“As we prepare for next session, I look forward to continuing my conversations with you,” Pelosi writes in the letter.

A handful of Democrats have said they will oppose Pelosi’s candidacy for Minority Leader. Democratic sources said the Speaker is working behind the scenes to line up votes in advance of leadership elections, which are tentatively scheduled for next week.