U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton, an outspoken opponent of re-electing Nancy Pelosi as House speaker, said the California Democrat and dissenting lawmakers were unable to reach an agreement on changing her leadership team during a meeting Wednesday.
The encounter came just before Pelosi overwhelmingly secured the party’s nomination for the post in a private caucus vote, moving her closer toward filling her former role.
Pelosi will need 218 votes to make it official when the House of Representatives votes on Jan. 3.
In a statement released when Pelosi received the caucus’s backing, Moulton said he, along with fellow Pelosi critics Rep. Kathleen Rice, of New York, and Rep. Tim Ryan, of Ohio, were invited by Pelosi to meet with her.
“I am disappointed to report that no agreement was reached in this initial meeting,” the 6th District Democrat said. “We are hopeful Leader Pelosi will invite us back to the table to plan for the future success of the Democratic Party.”
Moulton, who stands among the minority of Massachusetts representatives opposed to Pelosi’s leadership, added that “this has always been bigger than any one individual.”
“It is about having a conversation, as a party, about what our future looks like and how our leadership can best reflect the House we have just won,” the Salem lawmaker said.
“The private sector, non-profit organizations, even the Republican Party, have been able to have the difficult conversations about what a plan for succession looks like. No one wants to see this civil conversation spill into a floor fight,” he continued.
Here's @sethmoulton's full statement on his meeting with Nancy Pelosi.
“I am disappointed to report that no agreement was reached in this initial meeting." pic.twitter.com/9rUPnycJxD
— Nik DeCosta-Klipa (@NikDeCostaKlipa) November 28, 2018
Moulton’s statement went on to say that, right now, Pelosi does not have the votes needed come January.
“Her three-person leadership team has been unchanged in 11 years,” he said. “Our request was, and has always been, simple. Produce a meaningful plan for a leadership transition, as you promised in the summer, to allow a new generation of leadership to step forward.”
However, after the caucus vote, Pelosi indicated that she thinks she’ll get the backing she needs in January’s vote.
“Our diversity is our strength, but our unity is our power, and we will use that power again in a unifying way for our country,” she told reporters, according to The Washington Post.