Nancy Pelosi, House Speaker (D-CA), has been representing San Francisco in Congress since 1987. However, with dim prospects of a Democratic majority, her term may end after the midterm elections.
According to Politico, while Pelosi has not faced any serious challengers for her congressional seat in the past, there is a battle behind-the scenes for who will succeed her in the event of a Republican takeover of Congress.
According to the outlet, the top contenders are California state senator Scott Wiener and Pelosi’s daughter Christine.
Wiener represents the city in the state Senate and was previously a member of San Francisco Board of Supervisors. Christine Pelosi, an activist who served as a surrogate mother to her mother, is vocal on issues that are important to Democratic voters despite not having held public office.
The report states that a former political director for Wiener stated publicly that no one expressed interest in the seat as they don’t want to offend the speaker.
Since 1987, Nancy Pelosi has held the congressional seat in the deep-blue community. Before that, Phillip Burton and his wife represented the district from 1975 to the time the speaker took office. This will be a great opportunity to secure a lifetime tenure as a liberal Democrat.
The report says that while Wiener and Christine Pelosi might be already trying to attract support from prominent organizations, it will be far more important if Nancy Pelosi sets up her political machine in order to help her daughter.
There are reports of a battle for Nancy Pelosi’s congressional seat. Other reports suggest that there is also an undercover race to be the next House Democratic leader.