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 PelosiTrump-GOP tensions over Syria show signs of easing Democratic debate starts with immediate question on Trump impeachment White House, Pentagon, Giuliani reject House subpoenas 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 RoyceMystery surrounds elusive sanctions on Russia Hillicon Valley: Lawmakers struggle to understand Facebook's Libra project | EU hits Amazon with antitrust probe | New cybersecurity concerns over census | Robocall, election security bills head to House floor | Privacy questions over FaceApp House panel advances bill to protect elections from foreign interference 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 HigginsHere are the 95 Democrats who voted to support impeachment On The Money: Sanders unveils plan to wipe .6T in student debt | How Sanders plan plays in rivalry with Warren | Treasury watchdog to probe delay of Harriet Tubman bills | Trump says Fed 'blew it' on rate decision Democrats give Trump trade chief high marks 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 FudgeHillicon Valley: Zuckerberg to testify on Libra | Extremists find home on Telegram app | Warren blasts Facebook for not removing anti-Biden ad | California outlaws facial recognition in police body cameras | China rips US tech sanctions House Democrats introduce new legislation to combat foreign election interference Harris wins endorsement of former CBC Chairwoman Marcia Fudge 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.