While Nancy Pelosi will continue to serve in Congress for a second term, representing the San Francisco congressional district, she claims the next generation of House Democrats won’t have to worry about her interfering with their affairs.
She was asked what advise she would be offering her successor, and she said, “Thanksgiving’s coming.” ‘My kid doesn’t like stuffing that way; this is how we make it in our household,’ I have no desire to seem like a mother-in-law in the kitchen.
They “will have their own vision and their own strategy.”
Following her announcement that she will not be seeking re-election as speaker of the House on November 30 after serving in that capacity for 20 years, Pelosi sat down to speak with a small number of media on Thursday.
She proclaimed the end of a period when the first female speaker of the House rose to become possibly the most obedient and significant legislative figure in recent times.
The day after Republicans won control of the House for the next legislative term, on Thursday, November 17, 2022, in Washington, DC, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi makes her way to the House of Representatives floor to deliver comments.
She was, however, cheerful and enthusiastic as soon as she walked into the elaborate club off the House floor known as the Board of Education, so named because it had hosted after-hours poker games that Speaker Sam Rayburn hosted with Vice President Harry Truman and others.
She grabbed one of the treats from the tray on the table and said, “I only came for the chocolate chip cookies,” but struggled so valiantly to open the sealed plastic bag that Carl Hulse of The New York Times had to do it for her.
Was she feeling okay?
Pelosi seldom reflects on her life, at least not in front of others. She eventually responded, “I feel balanced about it all. I’m not at bit depressed. She said that there were certain things she wouldn’t miss. I had to raise $1,000,000 every day, after all. A day! At least five days a week, then.
The “troublemaker with a gavel” Nancy Pelosi puts her imprint on everything from health care to impeachment.
She collected $310 million for the 2022 election cycle, giving her a staggering total of $1.28 billion raised since entering the leadership in 2002. Later, her office disclosed her exact campaign fundraising numbers.
There was a lot of rumor about whether Pelosi would truly follow through on her commitment from four years ago to step down from the leadership position after this term. President Joe Biden reportedly pleaded with her to “stick with it”; she said that her phone had “exploded” with requests from House Democrats.
She could have thought about attempting to maintain her position if Democrats had been able to maintain their majority in the House. I would have needed to pray about it, she replied.
Attack on Paul Pelosi made her more determined to remain in Congress.
But she was more receptive to the notion of staying in the House even as she stepped back from the leadership after the savage attack on her husband, Paul, at their San Francisco home. She claimed his lengthy, difficult recuperation was still going strong.
If anything, she remarked, “it made me reconsider remaining.” She rejected the notion that the assault would force her to feel obliged to return to California, as had been assumed by several. “It wasn’t a situation where you could say, “Oh, well, because they did that, I can’t even conceive of another.” No, the opposite happened. I was unable to satisfy them in that way.”
When questioned about whether she could have done more throughout her tenure to lessen the corrosive partisanship that currently dominates much of national politics, she erupted.
What would the makeup of a Republican House look like? several inquiries, and maybe impeachment.
She called the GOP “anti-science” and “anti-governance,” saying “I won’t accept any responsibility for what the Republicans have done to the Congress.” “What would I have changed if I could? won more elections and denied them the authority to act in the manner they did. A person like Donald Trump should never be elected president of the United States.”
She said that she would not participate in House committees in her new capacity, and she refrained from endorsing a successor. In that contest, New York Representative Hakeem Jeffries is considered the favorite.
That doesn’t imply that she’s preparing to vanish. She answered, “For me, relaxing is for other people. I’m preparing for the next election. Specifically for 2024.