House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said she wouldn’t want to assume the Speaker’s gavel again in an interview with National Journal published Thursday.
Asked if she’d like to return to the post, the first female House speaker responded “No, that’s not my thing. I did that.”
Pelosi told National Journal that she respects the position current House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) occupies, but wouldn’t comment on if she empathizes with his challenge of leading a divided caucus.
“He’s the speaker of the House. I respect the job,” she said. “The position that he holds is a very exalted one. I wish his members would respect his position as much as I do.”
Pelosi previously blasted Republicans in the House for voting down their own farm bill in June, calling the legislative debacle “major amateur hour.”
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