Pelosi Launches Speakership Charm Offensive, Schmoozes Members-Elect

The Washington Post/The Washington Post

Lame-duck House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is pulling out all the stops to win over support from the newly elected House Democrats for her speakership bid, secretly showing up to meetings and hosting private dinners for her soon-to-be colleagues, Politico reported.

Pelosi made a secret appearance at the Congressional Progressive Caucus’ orientation on Monday and made a point of cozying up with the 20 members-elect there and touting her role creating the caucus, according to Politico.

She also held a reception for Democrats on Tuesday afternoon and will be meeting with members-elect and the Congressional Black Caucus during the day Wednesday. This evening she will host an another private dinner for the incoming freshman and their spouses, Politico reported.

It’s all part of her effort to win over the growing faction of incoming lawmakers, and some current colleagues, who oppose her speakership bid. At least four members-elect have already publicly indicated they won’t support her as House leader:¬†Abigail Spanberger (VA), Jason Crow (CO), Joe Cunningham (SC) and Max Rose (NY).

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