Pelosi Wins Ocasio-Cortez Endorsment for Speaker

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi won her endorsement for Speaker from Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Wednesday, who said Pelosi “can count on my support.”

“All the challenges to Leader Pelosi are coming from her right, in an apparent effort to make the party even more conservative and bent toward corporate interests,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted. “Hard pass. So long as Leader Pelosi remains the most progressive candidate for Speaker, she can count on my support.”

Being a high-profile progressive Democrat, Ocasio-Cortez’s support for Pelosi is a clear indication that Pelosi’s bid for House Speaker is gaining momentum in Congress.

Some 16 House Dems have signed the letter to call for a leadership, The Hill reported.

Rep. Brian Higgins endorsed Pelosi, after initially being opposed, and signed the letter on Wednesday, joined by Rep. Marcia Fudge who was a potential challenger to Pelosi.

Ocasio-Cortez said over the weekend that opposing Pelosi may result in more conservative leadership rather than a vision for change.

Ocasio-Cortez added that leadership “should reflect an actual, evolved mission; namely, an increased commitment to the middle [and] working class electorate that put us here.”

She also stressed that issues such as voting rights, health care, wages and climate change are more important than party leadership.

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