(NewsGlobal.com)- According to a Punchbowl News survey released Tuesday, 60 percent of senior House staffers predict House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) will step down after the November elections.
Also polled were members of the general House staff. Fifty-four percent of House staffers think the house speaker will call it quits.
Congressional aides help members of Congress and committees by answering constituent mail, writing questions for committee hearings, communicating with constituents, and plotting legislative moves.
Senior workers anticipating Pelosi will step down is likely due to their experience, making for an extra impactful prediction.
Analysts feel that Pelosi will not likely announce her retirement in the middle of a congressional session. Still, people in the know say she has already indicated that she is ready to hand over the gavel.
She’s held a congressional seat since 1987 and has been speaker of the house since 2003.
Last week, a National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) poll showed Nancy Pelosi topping the list as the most unpopular Democrat in Congress. It’s almost a source of pride to beat Adam Schiff in a survey of that kind.
Pelosi said she would run for reelection in January, despite many of her office staffers jumping ship. That announcement seemed to contradict what her senior staffers are saying now. But there’s a reason for the confusion.
If she announces her retirement before her term, Pelosi is concerned about being a lame-duck leader in the Democratic caucus.
When questioned about her retirement plans in the last year or two, she frequently said, “Do you think I’m going to make myself a lame duck right now?”
When a slew of other prominent House Democrats is rushing for the exits, Pelosi’s departure might signify that the party’s majority is in jeopardy. It might hinder her capacity to raise funds and support struggling House Democrats.
Many nuances and strategies can be employed in the world of politics. Some observers have predicted that she will run for reelection, resign soon after, and then lead her handpicked successor through a special election.
No one can know for sure what she will do, but one thing is for sure, all of her thinking revolves around a party that believes they are in trouble.