AFL-CIO backs Pelosi in leadership challenge

AFL-CIO backs Pelosi in leadership challenge
© Greg Nash
The AFL-CIO on Tuesday threw its full support behind Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) to remain the House Democratic leader.
Richard Trumka, the labor union’s president, tweeted that his group is standing firmly behind Pelosi’s bid to lead as she faces a long-shot challenge from Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio). 
“Nancy Pelosi was with us before and after the election,” Trumka wrote. “Our agenda is her agenda and that's why we're with her to be the Democratic leader.”
The endorsement comes as the 76-year-old Pelosi, who became the first-ever female Speaker in 2007, faces a challenge to head the party, which has been mired in the minority since 2010. 
Pelosi, who has led the Democrats for 14 years, reluctantly opted last week to delay leadership elections until Nov. 30 in an effort open up a broader discussion about the party's priorities after a series of difficult losses. 
In response to growing uneasiness among rank-and-file Democrats, there is talk of adding a couple of spots on the leadership team that would prepare younger Democrats to move up the ranks. 
“I'm uniquely qualified, because I know who these people are,” Ryan said Sunday on CNN's “State of the Union.”
“I know in my heart that we cannot win the House back under the current leadership," he said.