Dems fear potential pandemic absences could complicate Pelosi keeping her speaker role

Some Democrats are concerned potential pandemic absences could cost Nancy Pelosi her speaker role.

Rep. John Yarmuth (D-KY) said “let’s say, just theoretically, we had six or eight people out with Covid and the Republicans have none. They probably could elect [Kevin] McCarthy.”

Rep. Hank Johnson also said “COVID is a wild card.”

He added “If we have sick members who cannot come back, and we only have a four-vote majority, it throws our entire advent of the 117th Congress in peril — a smooth advent.”

According to The Hill “Lawmakers were reminded of their vulnerability this week, when five more members of the House tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the total number of infected lawmakers to at least 35 since the pandemic hit the U.S. roughly a year ago.

With that in mind, Pelosi’s supporters say it’s an outbreak over the holidays — not Democratic detractors — that poses the single greatest threat to Pelosi’s otherwise-expected Speakership victory next month.”

One House Democrat that identified as a Pelosi ally said “We’re in a health care crisis, right? No one can get sick. That’s the X-factor here,.”

They added “We need everyone to be healthy. … That’s the big fear.”