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Pelosi Aide Denies Daughter's Claim She Wants to Leave Congress

"She would retire right now, if the donors she has didn’t want her to stay so badly."

An aide to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) pushed back Thursday on a report that she would leave Congress if not for her donors. (AP)

An aide to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi denied Thursday that the California Democrat wants to leave politics, after a report surfaced that she is only staying in Congress for her donors.

"She would retire right now, if the donors she has didn’t want her to stay so badly," Pelosi's daughter Alexandra, a filmmaker and activist, was quoted as saying. "They know she wants to leave, though. They think she’s destined for the wilderness. She has very few days left. She’s 71, she wants to have a life, she’s done. It’s obligation, that’s all I’m saying."

But Pelosi spokeswoman Nadeam Elshami pushed back against Alexandra Pelosi's claim, calling it "totally untrue."

“This may be wishful thinking on the part of a right-wing blog, but it is totally untrue,” Elshami told Politico. “When the day comes and Leader Pelosi’s work is done, she won’t be announcing it there.”

In an email to Politico, Alexandra Pelosi did not deny making the remark, but wouldn't elaborate on it.

“I don’t speak for Nancy Pelosi — I was merely projecting my own personal opinions,” Alexandra Pelosi said in an email.

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