Nancy Pelosi Stays - House Democrats React : It's All Politics Her colleagues reacted to Pelosi's leadership bid in the next Congress with support and ambivalence. For instance, fellow Californian George Miller highly praised her decision while Steny Hoyer who aspired to be leader was more circumspect.
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Nancy Pelosi Stays - House Democrats React

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Some reaction from Speaker Nancy Pelosi's House colleagues to her announcement that she will run for minority leader:

Statement by Congressman George Miller (D-CA), Chairman of the House Democratic Policy Committee and Chairman of the House Education and Labor Committee, Regarding Speaker Pelosi’s Decision to Run for Democratic Leader

“I am very encouraged that Speaker Pelosi has decided to stay in Congress and run for Democratic Leader.  We have many talented people in our Caucus, each of whom has contributed to our success over the past few years, but I believe she is the best person for this important job at this time.

“The fact is, Nancy Pelosi is the single most effective Member of Congress, period.

“She has accomplished more than any other Speaker in history and has always acted in the best interest of our country.  She knows full well that job growth is our No. 1 priority and I know that she will stay focused on creating jobs and growing the economy.

“Nancy Pelosi is also one of the toughest people in politics today.

“She has been attacked and vilified by the right wing because of her effectiveness.  But we did not lose seats in this last election because the Republicans attacked her in their negative TV ads.  We lost seats primarily because of the 9.6 percent unemployment rate and continued record foreclosures caused by the worst recession since the Great Depression.  The Democratic Caucus has already done a great deal to improve the economy and is committed to bringing down unemployment and helping homeowners.  Having Nancy Pelosi as our minority leader will help us succeed.

“Nancy Pelosi is the person that Democrats need as their leader to help us win back the House in 2012 and continue America on its road to recovery.”

WASHINGTON, DC – House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement regarding his intention to explore a bid for Democratic Whip:

“Speaker Pelosi has announced that she will be running for Democratic Leader in the next Congress. In the days since the election, I have received an outpouring of support from Democratic colleagues who have told me that I should remain in our party’s leadership, so that our Caucus can hit the ground running with a strong, tested leadership team. Over the next several days, I will continue to speak to my colleagues about serving our Caucus as Democratic Whip, and I will announce a decision after I have consulted with them.”

Washington, DC— Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-3) released the following statement today in support of Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s announcement that she will seek to become House Democratic Leader in the next Congress:

“Over the past four years, Speaker Pelosi spent every day crafting and forging – and making sure Congress passes – legislation that reflects the values and needs of the American people. She has led the way forward on job creation, economic recovery, health care reform, and countless other issues facing our nation.

“She refuses to shy away from the toughest fights, and she brings to our Congress a voracious intellect, a mastery of the issues, a deep understanding of the legislative process, political savvy to spare, and a strong moral compass that ensures that our first and foremost priority in our actions is always the American people.

“Speaker Pelosi has listened to the concerns of all our diverse Democratic members, and worked tirelessly to mold a consensus that keeps our party and our country moving forward. I am delighted that she has decided to run for House Democratic Leader, and I strongly support her nomination.”