Pelosi tells Democrats she won’t step down as leader

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      Alex Pappas

      Alex Pappas is a Washington D.C.-based political reporter for The Daily Caller. He has also written for The Washington Examiner and the Mobile Press-Register. Pappas is a graduate of The University of the South in Sewanee, Tenn., where he was editor-in-chief of The Sewanee Purple. While in college, he did internships at NBC's Meet the Press and the White House. He grew up in Mobile, Ala., where he graduated from St. Paul's Episcopal School. He and his wife live on Capitol Hill.

WASHINGTON – Nancy Pelosi told Democrats on Wednesday morning that she plans to run again for Democratic leader in the House of Representatives, ending speculation that the California Democrat would resign from the leadership position following last week’s elections.

Pelosi made her intentions known during a closed-door morning caucus meeting on Wednesday with fellow Democrats, according to news reports.

She had promised on Tuesday to make a public announcement Wednesday morning after talking to the caucus. “While I love you all very dearly, I thought maybe I would talk to my own caucus before I shared that information with you,” Pelosi said.

Republicans immediately jumped on Pelosi.

“There is no better person to preside over the most liberal House Democratic Caucus in history than the woman who is solely responsible for relegating it to a prolonged minority status,” said Paul Lindsay, a spokesman for the National Republican Senatorial Committee.

“This decision signals that House Democrats have absolutely no interest in regaining the trust and confidence of the American people who took the Speaker’s gavel away from Nancy Pelosi in the first place,” he said.

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