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article imagePelosi seeks to retain position as Democratic House leader

By Michael Krebs     Nov 6, 2010 in Politics
Rocked by a tidal congressional election that has ushered her from one of the most prestigious offices in Washington DC, former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is openly seeking to remain as Democratic House Minority Leader.
Though many surviving House Democrats would like to see an alternative to former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's leadership style, Ms. Pelosi has publicly indicated that she would like to remain as the key point for Democratic affairs in the house - taking on the role of House Minority Leader.
Representative Joe Donnelly, a Democrat from Indiana, told the Associated Press that he was "disappointed that Speaker Pelosi is going to seek the position of Minority Leader."
This is a sentiment that appears to be shared by many Democrats, as those remaining in congress lick their wounds and try to come to terms with the new political realities facing them in a Republican dominated House. The Republicans, led in the House by Ohio's John Boehner, took more than 60 seats in the House - in a dramatic midterm election shift that has created an awkward power balance between the House, the Senate, and the White House.
But Nancy Pelosi is rejecting demands that she step aside. As far as she is concerned, the work that she and her colleagues have begun is not finished.
"We have no intention of allowing our great achievements to be rolled back," AP quotes Pelosi as stating in a letter to her Democratic peers.
But her desire to retain power is coming against considerable friction from her own Party.
"When you suffer a defeat as big as we have, you have to change something. And often you have to change the person who led you in that direction," Representative Gregory Meeks, Democrat from New York, told the Washington Post.
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