Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is hoping to once again wield the gavel of the Speaker of the House, but Democrats just published a letter that has tossed some cold water on those aspirations.
"We promised to change the status quo"
Sixteen Democrats signed a letter that was publicized on Monday to oppose Pelosi for the speakership.
“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," the letter from Democrats read.
"We promised to change the status quo, and we intend to deliver on that promise," the letter continued.
Sixteen members opposing her leadership is a serious threat because Pelosi needs 218 votes to seize the gavel - but Democrats only have 233 seats, so 16 members could tank her bid for the position.
"I have overwhelming support"
Pelosi has mocked reports that her leadership would be challenged.
"I intend to win the speakership with Democratic votes," she told reporters. "I have overwhelming support in my caucus to be speaker of the House."
Ironically, Pelosi once said in 2013 that she was done seeking the speakership position again.
“No, that’s not my thing," she said when asked if she would be interested in seeking the speaker's gavel a second time. "I did that."
Here's the video Pelosi addressing opposition to her leadership: