Nancy Pelosi 'Wants To Leave' Congress, Would Retire 'Right Now,' Says Daughter Alexandra [UPDATED]

Nancy Pelosi 'Wants To Leave' Congress 'Right Now,' Says Daughter


Nancy Pelosi spokesman Nadeam Elshami disputed Alexandra Pelosi's claim on Thursday in a statement to Politico.

"This may be wishful thinking on the part of a right-wing blog but it is totally untrue," Elshami said. "When the day comes and Leader Pelosi's work is done, she won't be announcing it there."


Alexandra Pelosi, daughter of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), spoke with Andrew Breitbart's Big Government blog this week and said that her mother is pining for retirement.

"She would retire right now, if the donors she has didn't want her to stay so badly. They know she wants to leave, though. They think she's destined for [greatness]," the younger Pelosi said. "She has very few days left. She's 71, she wants to have a life, she's done. It's obligation, that's all I'm saying."

Pelosi later clarified that she has never discussed the specifics of this claim with her mother.

Nancy Pelosi lost her position as speaker of the House to John Boehner (R-Ohio) after the 2010 midterm elections, in which Republicans experienced widespread gains and took back majority control of the House. She quickly announced that she would run for the top position in House Democratic leadership, and, despite the emergence of some rifts between liberal and moderate Democrats, was elected to as House minority leader by her colleagues.

Democrats, including Pelosi herself, have said they believe the party has a chance to reclaim control of the House in the 2012 elections. As Big Government points out, President Barack Obama has also heaped praise on Pelosi's performance as speaker of the House and said he expects that "she will be the best speaker of the House again in 2013."

Alexandra Pelosi is a documentary filmmaker and television producer. She's directed political films such as "Journeys With George," a documentary about George W. Bush's 2000 presidential campaign, and "Friends of God: A Road Trip with Alexandra Pelosi," a documentary about the influence of fundamentalist evangelical Christians on Republicans and conservative voters ahead of the 2008 elections.

Read the full interview over at Big Government.

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