After making noise about new political leadership, Black Democrats in the House of Representatives were falling in line behind House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. The stark reality was that the California Democrat wields political power that carries a lot of weight.
Democrats planned to vote Wednesday behind closed doors to nominate a speaker before a formal vote on the floor in January.
Connecticut’s Rep.-elect Jahana Hayes had a change of heart about Pelosi. Hayes announced on Tuesday that she now supports Pelosi’s bid to win the top post in the House when the new Democratic-led Congress takes over in January.
“I came into Washington with an open mind. I said I want to hear all the information, and I want to cast a vote that’s best for the people in my state. No one has asked me for a vote other than Nancy Pelosi. … at this point, I think it’s unreasonable for anyone to expect a vote when they haven’t even asked, so I am prepared to support Nancy Pelosi in caucus tomorrow when votes are cast,” Hayes said Tuesday on MSNBC.
Pelosi, who last served as House speaker in 2010 before the GOP swept Democrats out of power, was poised to retake the post. She needs 218 votes from the 435 House members to become speaker again. Opposition from within the party has faded away.
Hayes, who made history on Election Day to become Connecticut’s first Black women to serve in Congress, vowed during her campaign not to vote for Pelosi. That was before Pelosi donated to her campaign, according to the CT Mirror.
Some Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) members made some noise about a leadership change before the 2018 midterm elections when the Democrats won control of the House. CBC chairman Rep. Cedric Richmond of Louisiana called for an African-American lawmaker to hold one of the top two leadership positions.
Ohio’s Rep. Marcia Fudge, a CBC member, hinted after the election this month that she might challenge Pelosi. But that never materialized, partially because Pelosi’s power to persuade was on display: She promised to restore a House panel on voting and place Fudge as its chair, according to the Washington Post.
It’s also no secret that those who oppose Pelosi and fail could face retribution, including withholding her immense fundraising support and blocking the ambitions of her political enemies. One way of doing that is through her power to assign committee posts, like Fudge’s. But on the flip side, any opponent of Pelosi could easily wind up on a House committee of little to no consequence.
Black Republican Mia Love Suddenly Realizes Trump Is Trash After Losing Re-Election
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Just like Omarosa, Mia Love suddenly gets religion around Trump after she gets the boot. She voted for him 95.7 percent of the time. There's NO redemption for Black Trump supporters who defended his racism & dangerous polices. pic.twitter.com/SSn4TWc3qW— Clay 'Critical Thinking Theory' Cane (@claycane) November 26, 2018
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Are these Mia Love’s first criticisms of Trump now that she lost re-election?— deray (@deray) November 26, 2018
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Bye GurL! "Mia Love" have some dignity pic.twitter.com/0v0AJQDsnF— 🇺🇸👷🏻♀️ Umm...No 👩🏻⚕️🇵🇷 (@Odaat08) November 26, 2018
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Cry me a river, now Mia Love speaks out after her President throws her under the bus. This is a prime example of what happens; when you lie down with dogs, you get up with fleas. Good riddance and don’t let the door hit you on the way out of congress. Bye! https://t.co/zPE9s8DxUN— Willie Yarbrough (@Black_Vulcan69) November 26, 2018
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Nice speech #mialove and soon as you start referring to our party as THE DEMOCRATIC Party I will gain an ounce of respect for you.— Petty Auntie™ Countess of House Moderna (@AmbitDiva) November 26, 2018
You see the rampant racism, bigotry & misogyny of the GOP yet U still remain a Republican.
WTF does that say about U? Bye!!!https://t.co/ENUOaekNLd
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Now she wants to talk saving face hoping people would still vote for her. Try being honest and maybe people will see you in a different light instead of taking a page from Trumps playbook and he taunts you because Mia Love show now love to him now she want to unleash. Girl Bye— Daniel (@lisadaniel2009) November 26, 2018
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Girl bye. You were okay with Trump unti he came after you. Whatever. You're an opportunist. So glad you lost.— Andi Ondrea (@andigirlo) November 26, 2018
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