Freshman Dem Cisneros joins anti-Pelosi letter

Freshman Dem Cisneros joins anti-Pelosi letter
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Rep.-elect Gil Cisneros (D-Calif.) has signed on to a letter vowing to oppose Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiPelosi uses Trump to her advantage Fake Pelosi video sparks fears for campaigns Trump goes scorched earth against impeachment talk MORE (D-Calif) for Speaker, according to a Democratic aide, providing a slight boost to an anti-Pelosi insurgency that has been softening in recent days.

Cisneros, who won the seat occupied by retiring Rep. Ed RoyceEdward (Ed) Randall RoyceK Street giants scoop up coveted ex-lawmakers Former GOP chairman Royce joins lobbying shop Lawmakers propose banning shark fin trade MORE (R-Calif.), was critical of Pelosi on the campaign trail but had not formally announced his position on the longtime Democratic leader's bid for Speaker.

A group of critics released a letter last Monday promising to vote for new leadership in both the closed-door caucus vote and on the House floor. Sixteen Democrats initially signed the letter, but Rep. Brian HigginsBrian HigginsDemocratic proposals to overhaul health care: A 2020 primer Democratic senators unveil 'Medicare X' bill to expand coverage US labor unions say NAFTA replacement doesn't go far enough for workers MORE (D-N.Y.) pulled his name off the letter and said he would be supporting Pelosi's Speaker bid after she agreed to prioritize infrastructure spending and expanding Medicare.

Rep. Marcia FudgeMarcia Louise FudgeOvernight Health Care — Presented by PCMA — Senators unveil sweeping bipartisan health care package | House lawmakers float Medicare pricing reforms | Dems offer bill to guarantee abortion access House Administration Committee to make election security a 'primary focus' Dems rally behind Omar as Trump escalates attacks MORE (D-Ohio), another critic who had been considering a challenge to Pelosi, also reversed course last week.

Cisneros brings the letter back to 16 signatures, which -- combined with a handful of other Democrats who have vowed to oppose Pelosi -- could be enough to block Pelosi's ascension.

Democratic leadership elections, where Pelosi only needs a simple majority to become the party's nominee, are scheduled for Wednesday.