House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has repeatedly expressed frustration with left-wing members of her conference in recent months, once saying that “you couldn’t pay me a billion dollars to run for speaker again,” reads one forthcoming book.
The extent of Pelosi’s bitterness is set out in “This Will Not Pass,” a tome by New York Times reporters Jonathan Martin and Alex Burns — details of which were released by Punchbowl News on Friday, underscoring the fragility of the unity of the Democratic Party living in the halfway point of this fall is elections.
Last fall, for example, Martin and Burns reported that Pelosi (D-Calif.) privately blew up the Congressional Progressive Caucus over its attempts to bag the $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill, and told a Other House Democrats once reported that CPC leader Pramila Jayapal (D-Calif-Wash.) and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) were vying to be the party’s “queen bee.”
Pelosi also warned that internal fighting could very well cost Democrats their home in November, according to the book, and told a senior lawmaker that the party had “alienated Asian and Hispanic immigrants with loose talk about socialism.”
“In some of those same communities…,” the book, due for release May 3, reportedly adds, “Democrats were not careful enough about how they talked about abortion among new Americans who were devout people of the faith .”
Pelosi has also questioned the Biden administration’s personnel decisions. Martin and Burns write that she is one of several senior Democrats who have complained about White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain for “his stubborn nature and far-reaching intellectual confidence.”
During the 2020 campaign, Pelosi was reportedly openly upset after an advisor told her to consult Klain regarding health legislation.
“What, she asked, does Ron Klain know anything about?” the couple writes.
Pelosi also questioned Biden’s appointment of Xavier Becerra as Secretary of Health and Human Services, with Martin and Burns reporting that she views him as “untrustworthy.”
“You should know who you’re hiring,” the spokesman told Biden’s adviser Steve Ricchetti, a person briefed on the call, told the authors.
“I may have some valuable information,” Pelosi reportedly added, noting that she and Becerra had served together in the House of Representatives for 24 years.
But Martin and Burns write that Pelosi’s troubles really began after her election to a fourth term as Speaker of the House in January last year, a position for which she felt she had to ask her caucus members for support.
“At this point in my life, I don’t need that,” she reportedly told colleagues, later adding, “You couldn’t pay me a billion dollars to run for public speaker again.”
Pelosi’s Deputy Chief of Staff Drew Hammill declined to comment on their reported frustration, telling The Post, “Under the Speaker’s leadership, House Democrats have made historic strides for the American people and are united by a common goal of standing up for the… catering to the needs of hard working families. ”
“Many books are being written about the legislative challenges during the pandemic and a time of unprecedented Republican obstruction, and we will not comment on the works substituting gossip for fact,” Hammill added.
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