A California newspaper’s editorial board demanded Wednesday that House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi forgo aspiring to recapture her role as speaker of the house.
The editorial board of The Sacramento Bee wrote an open letter to the Bay Area’s Democratic congresswoman urging her to reconsider her personal ambitions in favor of advancing “her party and her country.”
“The Republican Party is now clearly the party of Donald Trump,” the board wrote. “The Democratic Party cannot be seen as the party of Nancy Pelosi and win in November.” (RELATED: Another Democratic Candidate Comes Out Against Nancy Pelosi)
Democrats need to win back at least 23 seats in order to regain control of the House in November, and as of yet, 44 Democratic House incumbents and candidates already said they will not vote for Pelosi as speaker.
“[Retaking control of the House is] no easy task. And it’s even more difficult now that Pelosi’s future has become a distracting campaign issue for Democrats in key swing districts, where they need moderate and even Republican votes to win,” the letter continued.
In addition to the opposition Pelosi has faced from GOP lawmakers, members of her own party have accused her of not being progressive enough.
“If she truly believes what she says about how important it is for Democrats to retake the House so they can stop Trump, she must accept that it can’t be with her as speaker,” the board argued.
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