It has been announced that Nancy Pelosi will be running for re-election.
On Friday, the Democrat from San Francisco who made history by becoming the first female speaker of the House announced to volunteers that she would run for reelection in 2024. This would prolong her career in the House to a total of 36 years and put her potential California successors in an indefinite holding pattern.
"Our City needs us now more than it has ever needed us in order to advance San Francisco ideals and further our recovery. Our nation needs America to demonstrate to the rest of the world that our flag is still flying, along with the ideal that liberty and justice should be extended to all people. That is why I am running for reelection, and I humbly beg for your support," Pelosi wrote in a post that she published on Friday, immediately after the event.
Shortly before making the announcement on X, which was once known as Twitter, Pelosi told volunteers she will run again during a breakfast held for them near the downtown area of San Francisco at the lodge of a local union for plumbers and pipefitters. Pelosi is the current Speaker of the House of Representatives. According to a trusted advisor who requested and received anonymity in order to speak openly about the situation, she decided to announce the news in that setting because she wanted to tell her "closest supporters" in labor first. According to the person, she does not have any additional public events planned for today.
Even though she has stepped down from her position as the Democratic Party's leader, Pelosi's move illustrates that she still has significant power. Many people who follow politics expected that she would step down from her seat if the Democrats were defeated in the House in 2022.
Pelosi, who is 83 years old, decided to remain in her position after the Democratic Party performed better than anticipated in November. She successfully negotiated the transition out of her leadership role while also dealing with the aftermath of a vicious attack that had been committed on her husband, Paul, by an intruder who had broken into the couple's house in San Francisco in October of last year. David DePape, the suspect, went hunting for the lawmaker while she was in Washington, where he knew she would be. A number of state and federal accusations, including one for attempting to kidnap a government official, have been brought against him.
Reps. Steny Hoyer (D-Maryland) and Jim Clyburn (D-South Carolina) have followed in Pelosi's footsteps by resigning from their top leadership roles in the House of Representatives, but they have been coy about their intentions for the future. A spokeswoman for Clyburn stated that no decisions on his reelection had been made at this time. According to a spokeswoman for Hoyer, there have been no new developments on his plans.
Pelosi, who was one of the most visible opponents of Donald Trump during his time as president, will continue to have a public platform despite the fact that Trump is the favorite to win the Republican nominee for president once more. Her choice to continue serving stands in stark contrast to that of Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), another long-standing California icon who will not be seeking another term in office due to ongoing worries about her mental acuity. Her decision to stay on the job contrasts dramatically with her upcoming departure.
San Francisco is a staunchly progressive and politics-obsessed city that has produced a steady stream of national Democratic leaders, such as Governor Gavin Newsom and Vice President Kamala Harris. For years, the question of when Pelosi will officially retire has been a topic of discussion among political players in San Francisco.
The eventual retirement of one of the most recognized Democrats in the country, who was first elected to Congress in a special election in 1987, would mark the end of an era. This individual was elected to Congress for the first time in 1987. In addition to this, it would set off a cascade of campaign moves that Democrats would make in order to capitalize on the once-in-a-generation chance of a vacant House seat. Her seat carries symbolic value as an anchor of progressive politics, and the jockeying will be harsh in a city distinguished by internecine Democratic disputes. Her seat carries symbolic significance as an anchor of progressive politics.
State Senator Scott Wiener has, in all intents and purposes, kicked out a campaign that is still in the planning stages, while Pelosi's daughter Christine is viewed as a potential candidate who has the potential to capitalize on her mother's extensive network of followers and fundraisers. Christine has not disclosed whether or not she intends to take her mother's career path. The possibility of Mr. Wiener running for reelection could result in more than one candidate running to represent San Francisco in the state Legislature.
"Speaker Emerita Pelosi is one of the most talented and transformative leaders of our lifetime, and it is a good thing for San Francisco and the nation that she will continue to serve our community. She is one of the most talented and transformative leaders of our lifetime." The conclusion of this year's legislative session in Sacramento is the single most important thing on my mind right now," Wiener stated in a statement.