House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi was coy responding to a question on Thursday regarding her support for Florida congresswoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz continuing as chair of the Democratic National Committee (DNC).
Asked if Wasserman-Schultz should be allowed to continue to lead the DNC amid accusations she is too controversial and preferred former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton over Vermont’s Bernie Sanders, Pelosi replied:
“I was on the DNC for a long time before I came to Congress, and we took great pride in being the ones who voted for who would be the chair of the DNC. So if you want to know who is going to be the chair of DNC, I think you should look to the membership of the Democratic National Committee,”
Pelosi’s statement on Thursday is a departure from the robust backing she offered to Wasserman-Schultz’s leadership in May after the Florida Democrat faced a torrent of criticism from those in her own party who were concerned she was a growing liability to the Democratic brand.
Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders has been particularly vocal in his criticism, calling for Wasserman-Schultz’s ouster as chair.
Following Pelosi’s evasive answer, reporters inquired if Democratic leaders should be guided by Sanders’ criticism and call for Wasserman-Schultz to be replaced, Pelosi replied it was a matter that rested with the DNC itself.