Nancy Pelosi Out? Dems Weigh Options As Rumors Swirl

( – With upwards of at least 24 Democratic legislators not seeking re-election in the November midterms, people are speculating about the future leadership of the House of Representatives. Many assume House Democratic Caucus Chair Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) or Assistant Speaker Katherine Clark (D-MA) will take Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) place if the long-time California lawmaker leaves her position. A member of the Congressional Black Caucus thinks Hakeem has the intelligence and temperament to step into the position.

Some believe Pelosi will not seek another term if her party loses the majority, while others aren’t so sure because she’s yet to confirm either way.

Former Speaker Newt Gingrich chimed in to say filling Pelosi’s shoes won’t be an easy feat, as he believes the speaker has been “amazingly effective” over the life of her tenure.

If Pelosi leaves, sources say at least two Democrats similar in age are sure to follow: House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) and House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-SC). That hole may make room for younger and more Left-leaning politicians to step into their roles. However, assuming the fall midterms go in favor of the Right, as many suspect, the up-and-coming new leadership powers are likely to be limited.

Pelosi’s spokesman Drew Hammill would not confirm if the speaker plans to retire.

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