Nancy Pelosi Might Retire And Have Daughter Christine Replace Her, Report Says

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Damir Mujezinovic

Nancy Pelosi was first elected to Congress in 1987 and became the top Democrat in the House of Representatives in 2007.

Currently serving as Speaker of the House, Pelosi is 82 years old. In 2018, she pledged that 2022 would be her last year as speaker, but in January this year, she announced she was running for another two-year term in the lower chamber.

But what if Republicans with a majority in the House, will Pelosi retire?

Is Pelosi Retiring?

According to a report from The New York Times, under no circumstances would Pelosi accept being demoted to the backbench, so if Democrats lose the House, she will either become minority leader or retire.

At least that's what people familiar with Pelosi's thinking are saying. Pelosi, for her part, has refused to publicly comment on her plans.

Pelosi's spokesman Drew Hammill told The New York Times that the speaker "is not on a shift."

"She’s on a mission," he said of the octogenarian.

Who Would Replace Pelosi?

More than a dozen of Democratic Party officials anonymously told the NYT they were preparing for the possibility of Pelosi retiring.

Strategists, activists, and donors are all preparing for this possibility as well, but not a single potential candidate has made their intentions clear as to "avoid antagonizing" Pelosi.

But who could run to replace her in Congress? The most likely candidates are reportedly California state Senator Scott Wiener and Pelosi's own daughter, Christine Pelosi.

Christine Pelosi

Christine Pelosi looks on
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A member of the Democratic National Committee executive committee, Christine Pelosi has been an outspoken advocate against sexual harassment, having served as chair of the women’s caucus of the California Democratic Party.

Former Mayor of San Francisco Willie Brown told the NYT Christine would be a "formidable candidate" if she runs.

"If her mother is not around, Christine would be a formidable candidate. Because her mother would make her a formidable candidate," Brown said.

But some are skeptical. Joe Cotchett, a major Democratic donor, said he would "rather see Christine start at a state level."

How Popular Is Pelosi?

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Pelosi, who is facing accusations of insider trading, is unpopular among Republicans and independents, but Democrats still trust her.

In a Morning Consult poll conducted earlier this year, 60 percent of all voters said Pelosi should step aside, while just 24 percent said she should remain Democratic leader.

The vast majority of Republicans and 63 percent of independents said Pelosi should step down.

However, 49 percent of Democrats said she should seek another term, while 33 percent said she should not.