Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) career prospects have been one of the hottest back-room conversations in Washington, D.C.
Now she has seemingly decided to put an end to two years’ worth of looming rumors with one major announcement.
After more than three and a half decades in Congress, Rep. Pelosi seemed to be about ready to step down.
Over the past year, the 83-year-old has exhibited increasingly bizarre behavior—a situation that garnered international attention during her final State of the Union Address as Speaker of the House.
Pelosi stepped down from her leadership position already, following her personally embarrassing helmsmanship over House Democrats’ Midterm elections defeat in 2022.
It seemed likely a retirement announcement was imminent.
Instead, the career politician left the political world flabbergasted by announcing that she’s running for reelection once again.
“Now more than ever our City needs us to advance San Francisco values and further our recovery. Our country needs America to show the world that our flag is still there, with liberty and justice for ALL. That is why I am running for reelection — and respectfully ask for your vote,” Pelosi announced in a social media post.
Pelosi explained her decision in an interview with liberal journalist Jonathan Martin, noting that concerns that Donald Trump will land back in the White House are the real motive behind her decision.
She fears that in a second term Trump would snuff out the US’s involvement in Ukraine or possibly pull the nation out of global organizations like NATO.
“People there were so concerned about our democracy — as concerned about what happens if what’s-his-name ever would become president again in terms of Ukraine, in terms of NATO, in terms of the transatlantic alliance and the rest,” Pelosi said referring to a trip she recently took to Europe.
“It was amazing, I mean, I was on the front page of the four leading newspapers of Italy because of their concern about all of this,” she added.
Pelosi made it clear to Martin that her witch hunt against Donald Trump is far from over.
“It’s no secret that American democracy itself is on the line in 2024,” Pelosi claimed. “Our country needs us to show the world.”
She told Martin that remaining as a candidate on the ballot will enable her to continue to go after cultural, financial, and entertainment elites for tens of millions of dollars in political contributions.
“My focus is the House and Presidency; you’re in a stronger position as a candidate,” she noted.
“You may not know this, but if you’re not a candidate, you really can’t raise money for yourself,” Pelosi continued. “And raising money for myself enables me to spend that on other people.”
It’s worth noting that she did not promise to follow through and finish out another term if elected, a situation that could revive rumors her daughter Christine is being groomed to take over for her whether by election or appointment.
At any rate, it’s clear that Pelosi is not yet ready to give up her grip on power—and that Democrats are convinced Donald Trump poses a serious threat to the party in 2024.
Political Animal News will keep you up-to-date on any new developments in this ongoing story.