By Daniel Strauss - 11/06/12 03:08 PM EST
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) will continue to lead House Democrats in the next Congress if she chooses to, Assistant Democratic Leader Jim Clyburn (S.C.) said Tuesday.
Clyburn, speaking on MSNBC on Election Day, was asked whether Democrats would vote Pelosi out of her leadership position if Republicans retained control of the House.
"It all depends on what Nancy wants to do. If she wants to run for reelection, I guarantee you she will get reelected," Clyburn said on MSNBC. "She has the votes to do that.
House Democrats are slated to hold their leadership elections on Nov. 29.
While there has been speculation that Pelosi may step down after being House Democratic leader for a decade, she has remained silent on her post-election plans, saying only that she was focused on helping Democrats re-take the House.
Clyburn had challenged the No. 2 Democrat in the House, Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) in 2012 for his spot, but abandoned the challenge after Pelosi offered Clyburn the third-ranking leadership spot.
Earlier in the year Clyburn suggested that he might seek a higher position in the Democratic leadership, either as majority leader or Speaker of the House if Democrats regained control of the chamber.
"I’m not closing the door on anything,” he said in May.
On Tuesday, though, Clyburn said Democrats would not punish Pelosi if the drive to retake the House fell short.
"We're pretty grown-up people in this process and we knew in 2010 that we could expect this kind of result with redistricting," said Clyburn.