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 PelosiCongress exits with no deal, leaving economists flabbergasted Trump says he'll sign USPS funding if Democrats make concessions Pelosi calls Trump attacks on mail-in voting a 'domestic assault on our Constitution' 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 RoyceGil Cisneros to face Young Kim in rematch of 2018 House race in California The most expensive congressional races of the last decade Mystery surrounds elusive sanctions on Russia 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 HigginsBiden slams Trump for promoting conspiracy theory about man shoved by police Trump claims 75-year-old man shoved by Buffalo police could be part of 'set up' NY, NJ lawmakers call for more aid to help fight coronavirus 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.

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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.