Dems Slightly Divided On Pelosi Taking Leadership Position

Barbara Schwarz
November 29, 2018 - 6:41 am
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DALLAS (1080 KRLD) - A longtime Dallas Democratic Congresswoman says Democrats opposing Nancy Pelosi are shooting themselves in the foot. 

32 Democratic representatives and incoming lawmakers have voted not to back Pelosi while 203 voted yes. 17 no votes would bar the California congresswoman from returning to the Speaker's chair. 

Eddie Bernice Johnson, who has held her seat since 1993 says Republicans campaigned against Pelosi ahead of the mid term election and that led many Democrats to do the same. 

She says she told some "You're not in a contest with Nancy. You're in a contest with your opponent. You'll have to decide what you're going to do about Nancy on your own, not because they decided for you."  

She adds the quagmire Democrats find themselves in is "people running for office said 'I will not vote for her' because they went along with Republicans by trying to paint her as a boogyman." 

She says "that's bowing down to another party that will have nothing to do whether she'll be speaker or not."

Incoming North Texas Freshman Colin Allred, who outsted longtime Republican congressman Pete Sessions voted for Pelosi, while South Texas congressman Filemon Vela did not.   

Democrats will control at least 234 of 435 seats when they vote again January third.  

Pelosi does not have any challengers.