Keeping up the age average of the younger members of the Democrat House delegation, Rep. Nancy Pelosi, 83, has announced that she’ll run again and will continue to do so until she dies or turns into Sen. Dianne Feinstein. It took a whole lot to even get her to step down from the leadership, but she isn’t actually leaving.
The San Francisco Democrat and first female speaker of the House told volunteers on Friday that she would seek reelection in 2024, extending a 36-year House career and freezing her would-be California successors in a long-standing holding pattern.
“Now more than ever our City needs us to advance San Francisco values and further our recovery. Our country needs America to show the world that our flag is still there, with liberty and justice for ALL. That is why I am running for reelection — and respectfully ask for your vote,” Pelosi posted shortly after on Friday.
Pelosi told volunteers she would run again at a breakfast for them near downtown San Francisco, at the lodge of a local union for plumbers and pipefitters. She chose that venue because she wanted to tell her “closest supporters” in labor first, according to a close adviser who was granted anonymity to speak candidly.
Pelosi’s closest supporters are plumbers and if you believe that, you’ll believe anything. Shortly after claiming that her base of support was among pipefitters, she explained that she was really running because she can bring in the big bucks.
Rep. Nancy Pelosi told a reporter Friday that she’s mainly running for office to raise money for herself and other Democrats.
Speaking with outlet Politico, the 83-year-old representative from California said her veteran status in Congress is a major asset for raising funds.
“For the House Democrats, though, I needed to be able to still raise significant money for them as a candidate,” she added.
It ain’t the plumbers who are putting in “significant money”. The congressional Democrat leadership used to closely reflect the money pipeline, Pelosi for the San Francisco area, and Schumer for Manhattan, which are some of the largest sources of political cash flowing into races around the country.
Pelosi’s argument comes down to stating that she should stay in office so she can go on acting as a party bagwoman.
Does it get more inspiring than that?