House Speaker Nancy Pelosi may not run again to keep her gavel for the next congressional term should Democrats retain control of the chamber following November's midterm election, according to Rep. Mike McIntyre (D-N.C.).
McIntyre, a vulnerable incumbent who has held North Carolina's 7th district House seat for over a decade, shared details on his knowledge of the matter during an interview in his home state last week.
"From what we're hearing, she's probably not going to run for Speaker again," said the seven-term lawmaker to local television station WWAY. "And if she does, I'm confident she's going to have opposition."
McIntyre added that he expects Pelosi will face significant opposition should she seek another term as the ranking member of the House.
"I look forward to supporting that opposition," he said. "I'm confident we're gonna have that alternative. You know, when she had opposition before, I voted for her opposition, not for her. And we're expecting her to have opposition this time."
In recent weeks, several Democrats have come out and signaled they would vote against Pelosi presiding as House Speaker in the next legislative session. Rep. Bobby Bright (D-Ala.) was the first incumbent to expression opposition on the matter and shortly after Rep. Jim Marshall (D-Ga.) followed suit.
The Hill notes that Pelosi has not yet confirmed she would pursue another term as the ranking Democrat in the House; however, for now at least, signs seem to suggest her plan is to run.
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