WASHINGTON -- Two of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi's closest and longest serving allies in the House have announced their retirements in the last few weeks, which has sparked a fresh round of questions about whether she's on her way out the door, too.
Not so, the California Democrat said Thursday.
"I'm running. I've already started the paperwork process," she said in a statement. "My work is not finished."
Pelosi's comments come just hours after Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) announced that he will be retiring this year. Earlier this month, Rep. George Miller (D-Calif.), a close personal friend of Pelosi's and one of her top lieutenants, announced that he will be leaving as well. Both Waxman and Miller have been in the House since 1975. Pelosi joined them in 1987.
The timing of their announcements is related to the nominating process in California. It runs from Feb. 7 through March 7, at which point all paperwork must be resubmitted.