Valerie Jarrett and Eric Holder Endorse Nancy Pelosi for Speaker

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) holds a news conference following the 2018 midterm elections at the Capitol Building on November 7, 2018 in Washington, DC. Republicans kept the Senate majority but lost control of the House to the Democrats. (Photo by Zach Gibson/Getty Images)
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Two powerful members of former President Barack Obama’s administration have endorsed Rep. Nancy Pelosi to be elected Speaker of the House, despite dissent from some members of the Congressional Black Caucus.

“House Democrats cannot afford to put forward anyone less than their smartest, savviest, most tenacious and strategic member — someone with a track record of successful leadership,” wrote former White House senior adviser to President Barack Obama Valerie Jarrett in a CNN op-ed endorsing Pelosi for Speaker of the House.

Obama’s former Attorney General Eric Holder also endorsed Pelosi on Twitter.

“Nancy Pelosi has been an effective national leader, an architect of the recent midterm success and a great partner in the fight against gerrymandering,” he wrote. “She’s been successful — that’s why she’s a target of the right wing.”

Jarrett and Holder voiced their support for Pelosi as prominent African-Americans in Congress have voiced their unhappiness with Pelosi.

Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-OH), a Pelosi critic and one of 17 Democrats who signed a letter pledging not to vote for Pelosi is considering her own run for Speaker.

“People are asking me to do it, and I am thinking about it,” Fudge confirmed to the Cleveland Plain Dealer on Wednesday.

Congressional Black Caucus chairman Rep. Cedric Richmond demanded in a letter that an African-American Democrat should get one of the two top leadership roles in Congress in the next Congress — either Speaker or House Majority Leader.

Pelosi met with members of the CBC on Wednesday. 

Rep. Diana DeGette announced her decision to challenge future Majority Whip Rep. Jim Clyburn, a prominent African-American who complained that Democrats were using “dog whistles” to oust him from party leadership.

 

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