Liberal group launches midnight bid urging Pelosi to stay as leader

A prominent liberal group launched a last-minute campaign urging Rep. Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) to stay on as the top House Democrat next year.

Pelosi is scheduled to announce Wednesday morning if she'll remain minority leader in the next Congress or relinquish power after a decade atop the party.

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The Progressive Change Campaign Committee (PCCC), a Washington-based liberal advocacy group, sent out a notice at 11 p.m. Tuesday night warning that, if Pelosi steps down, "a conservative Democrat will take over." 

Although the PCCC email doesn't name names, the reference likely is to Rep. Steny Hoyer (Md.), the Democratic whip who's expected to replace Pelosi if she steps down. As highlighted by the PCCC, many liberals fear Hoyer will be too quick to cut programs like Medicare and Social Security for the sake of reaching a deficit deal with Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and the Republicans.

"Tomorrow at 10am Eastern, Nancy Pelosi will decide whether to stay on as Democratic Leader in the House," PCCC co-founder Adam Green wrote in the email blast. "If she steps aside, a conservative Democrat will take over. It will be bad news."

Green is urging supporters to take to Twitter and the phone lines to urge Pelosi to stay.

"Here in DC, the word is out that she's still making up her mind at this late hour. She needs to hear from the people back home – right now," he said. "If you're on Twitter, please retweet our message asking her to stay. Or, call her San Francisco office now and leave a message. (Her DC mailbox is full!)."

For those closer to Pelosi, Green adds, "now would be a good time to contact her personally. Seriously."

The House Democratic Caucus meets Wednesday morning at 9 a.m., when Pelosi is expected to reveal her decision to her troops. The public announcement is scheduled for afterwards.