Sixteen Democrats have signed onto a letter opposing Rep. Nancy Pelosi(D-Calif.) for Speaker.
The letter, spearheaded by Rep. Kathleen Rice (D-N.Y.), had been anticipated for some time and ended up one signature less than the 17 names that had been expected.
Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio), who had initially signed and is weighing a challenge to Pelosi, is not a signatory.
The letter argues that midterm voters handed Democrats the House majority with expectations of the party shaking up business-as-usual in Washington — starting with the party leader who’s been at the helm for 15 years. Maintaining control of the chamber, the insurgents say, will require keeping that vow.
“Democrats ran and won on a message of change,” they wrote. “Our majority came on the backs of candidates who said that they would support new leadership because voters in hard-won districts, and across the country, want to see real change in Washington.
“We promised to change the status quo and we intend to deliver on that promise.”