More from LinkNancy Pelosi Announcement: House Democrat Retaining Role As Party Leader
WASHINGTON -- House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) announced Wednesday to her caucus that she's staying on as the top Democrat in the House, ending weeks of intense speculation about whether she might bow out, a Democratic source confirmed to The Huffington Post.
The source also confirmed that Rep. Steve Israel (D-N.Y.) will remain as chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.
Pelosi's decision, which she kept so quiet about that even her Democratic colleagues and staff didn't know until the last minute, means that the current line-up of House Democratic leaders will largely stay intact in the next Congress.
Pelosi has kept observers on edge for months. In addition to not giving any details on her future plans, she recently pushed back the date of House Democratic leadership elections for no apparent reason by two weeks, to the end of November -- a move that some read as a sign that she was giving herself more time to make a decision on her future. In addition, Pelosi, now 72, made a big production over the last year about hitting 25 years in Congress, to the point where it seemed she may have been trying to cement her legacy before making a departure on a nice round number.
Seeing how the GOP is keeping guys like Boehner and McConnell and Cantor in power after their whooping, this would have been the perfect time for the Dems to show they are looking towards the future. I know if she had stepped aside, guys like Hoyer and Clyburn were likely to be favorites. But why not look at the younger members of your party and do something that would be noticeable? Nancy is a motivator....for the opposition. Stepping aside at 72 would show actually some leadership which never comes from the Hill anymore. She's not the future. She's a fundraiser and could have been a king/queen maker by backing somebody fresh.