How Pelosi Could Gain GOP Support in Speaker Bid

As Democratic House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., faces a tricky climb to build the support from her own party for her retake the gavel in January, she’s getting an unlikely source of support: Republicans.

Pelosi has repeatedly said that she is confident she has the votes to become speaker — a position she held between 2007 and 2011, the last time Democrats held the majority in the House. But she is facing a brewing revolt from her own members, with a number of Democrats signing a letter pledging not to support her.

Fox News confirmed Thursday that at least 17 House Democrats, including incumbents and incoming members, have signed on to a document saying they will not support Pelosi on the House floor for speaker. A Democrat familiar with the effort says they are trying to add more names before the letter is publicly released.

If all those Democrats vote against Pelosi on the floor, Pelosi would not have the votes for speaker. To get the gavel, Pelosi will first need to pick up a majority of the Democratic caucus in internal leadership elections, then go on to win an absolute majority of the House.