Pelosi Spokesman Responds To Career Rumors

Last Tuesday, Puck News writer Tara Palmeri reported that a “very good source” told her that Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi was prepared to move on from her position in the Democrat House leadership, a claim Pelosi’s spokesman Drew Hammill flatly denied.

In her report, Palmeri also wrote that the source informed her that New York Congressman Hakeem Jeffries is the next in line to be the Democrat House Leader. Jeffries, who currently serves as the Democrat Caucus chair, has reportedly been campaigning for support behind the scenes to replace Pelosi.

But according to Drew Hammill, nothing about Palmeri’s reporting was correct. Hammill said Speaker Pelosi isn’t “even thinking about her future at this moment,” the same response he gave to Fox News just one day earlier.

In his statement to Fox News last Monday, Hammill said the Speaker hasn’t made any decision about her future and would not do so until “all the votes have been counted.” Hammill emphasized that Pelosi wasn’t “even thinking about her future at this moment,” adding that she would make her announcement when she makes it.

Hammill closed his statement to Foxby adding, in the meantime, “let’s all enjoy watching Kevin McCarthy lose a speakership his party hasn’t even won in the first place.” Last Wednesday, the Republicans officially secured the House majority.

By Tuesday of this week, the Republicans had secured 222 seats. But Hammill’s denials turned out to belies. Last Thursday, Speaker Pelosi announced that she would not seek reelection to the Democrat House leadership.

Speaking from the floor of the House, Pelosi said that while she would remain a member of the House and serve out the term to which she was just reelected, she would not be running for a leadership position in the new Congress.

During her 14-minute speech, Pelosi said that it was time for “a new generation” to lead the Democrat House caucus.

She expressed her gratitude for those who are “ready and willing to shoulder this awesome responsibility.”