Anti-Pelosi Dem ‘100 percent confident we can forge new leadership’

Anti-Pelosi Dem ‘100 percent confident we can forge new leadership’
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Democratic Reps. Seth MoultonSeth Wilbur MoultonBiden, Buttigieg bypassing Democratic delegate meeting: report Native American advocates question 2020 Democrats' commitment 2020 Democrats urge Israel to reverse decision banning Omar, Tlaib visit MORE (Mass.) and Filemon VelaFilemon Bartolome VelaDCCC faces mass staff shakeup: 'It's the Monday Night Massacre' DCCC exec resigns amid furor over minority representation Hispanic Democratic lawmakers hit DCCC over lack of diversity in top ranks MORE (Texas) said Tuesday they are "100 percent confident" that a coalition of party members will be able to block House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiWhy President Trump needs to speak out on Hong Kong Anti-Trump vets join Steyer group in pressing Democrats to impeach Trump Pelosi warns Mnuchin to stop 'illegal' .3B cut to foreign aid MORE (D-Calif.) from securing the Speakership.

"I am 100 percent confident we can forge new leadership," Vela told CNN.

The two lawmakers indicated they plan to gather enough signatures to show how widespread opposition to Pelosi's bid for Speaker is within the caucus in the hopes she will step aside, according to the network.

"We are trying to do the right thing for the party by solving this ahead of time," Moulton said.


Vela told CNN he doesn't expect Democrats to vote "present" during the vote for Speaker in January, essentially boycotting the vote if Pelosi were nominated.

"I'm confident that at this point, we have a number of current and incoming members committed to going to the floor and voting for someone else and not voting present," Vela said.

Drew Hammil, a spokesman for Pelosi, told CNN that the lawmaker is "very confident in her support among members and members-elect."

Hammil did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Hill.

Pelosi has repeatedly expressed confidence that she will be elected Speaker in the next session of Congress, despite internal opposition from some Democrats. 

A number of top-ranking House Democrats have backed her bid for Speaker, and President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump pushes back on recent polling data, says internal numbers are 'strongest we've had so far' Illinois state lawmaker apologizes for photos depicting mock assassination of Trump Scaramucci assembling team of former Cabinet members to speak out against Trump MORE has said she deserves the post.