Another Dem Eases Up On Opposition To Pelosi Ahead Of Key Test Vote

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Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-MA) has eased up on his threat to oppose Nancy Pelosi for speaker, Politico reported.

During an interview with a local television station on Sunday, flagged by Politico, Lynch said that during the January vote for speaker he would “obviously” support Pelosi over a Republican. Pelosi’s allies have suggested that voting against Pelosi for speaker would be effectively supporting a Republican.

“If it becomes as a choice between a Republican and Nancy Pelosi, I’ll obviously support Nancy Pelosi,” Lynch reportedly said Sunday. “But I do think we risk losing the majority in the House — we risk having Trump elected for another four years — if the Democrats don’t offer a new direction in the Democratic Party.”

Lynch was one of 16 lawmakers and incoming members who signed a letter of intent to oppose Pelosi.

The comments adds to reports that Pelosi has quietly quelled a rising faction within her party, that was previously intent on dismissing the lame-duck minority leader for new leadership.

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