ResistNet.com By JONATHAN ALLEN & JOHN BRESNAHAN |
11/17/10 2:30 PM EST Updated:
Democrats elected Nancy Pelosi as their minority leader on Wednesday, but only after a brutal two days of arguing behind closed doors and a 150-43 vote that revealed a bloc of disgruntled Democrats to be firmly in the anti-Pelosi camp.
Pelosiâ€™s win as Democratic leader was expected, but the bumpy ride was perhaps the greatest challenge to her authority since she claimed the speakerâ€™s gavel four years ago. Pelosi defeated conservative Democrat Heath Shuler of North Carolina, who ran for minority leader saying â€œWe need to include others in leadership.â€
Pelosiâ€™s victory all but assures that the Democratic leadership team will remain intact despite a historic loss of at least 61 seats in the Nov. 2 election. Several moderate lawmakers in the anti-Pelosi camp used two days of private meetings to vent their frustrations, and in some cases blame Pelosi for the heavy Democratic losses.
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