Effort to delay Nancy Pelosi leadership vote fails
WASHINGTON - Democratic critics of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi have failed in their effort to postpone a vote on keeping her as the party's leader.
The California Democrat hopes to secure the job in a vote later Wednesday by Democrats who will be in the House next year.
Pelosi's mostly liberal allies were confident she would win then, particularly given the Democrats's 129-68 vote to proceed with the leadership election.
Massachusetts Rep. Barney Frank, a close ally of Pelosi's, predicted she would win overwhelmingly.
Pelosi was a lightning rod in the midterm elections for Republicans who portrayed her as a leftist out of touch with mainstream Americans.
Democrats lost more than 60 seats to Republicans in the Nov. 2 election.