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Rep.-Elect Jahana Hayes Says She’ll Support Nancy Pelosi, an Apparent Shift in Position

November 27, 2018 By Staff
Rep.-Elect Jahana Hayes Says She’ll Support Nancy Pelosi, an Apparent Shift in Position

Hayes said in an August 2018 debate that she "would not vote for Nancy Pelosi." She told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" on Tuesday that she will vote for Pelosi.

Rep.-Elect Jahana Hayes (D-Conn.), the rising Democratic Party star just elected to serve Connecticut’s Fifth Congressional District in the U.S. House, appeared to shift her position on supporting Nancy Pelosi on Tuesday.

At an August debate with her primary opponent, Mary Glassman, Hayes was, as NBC Connecticut put it, “direct” about not supporting Pelosi.

Glassman would not rule out voting for Pelosi saying, “I made it very clear I want to see all of the candidates who are running for speaker and I’ll make the decision that’s best for our community and for all of the people that serve throughout the district.”

Hayes was far more direct, saying, “I would not vote for Nancy Pelosi.”

Hayes appeared to hedge on her statement in an interview with NPR one week later, though, saying “I probably would not vote, at this point, for Nancy Pelosi to continue with the party leadership.”

HAYES: I think when we come through November, we’ll see. We’ll have a pulse on what the people in this country want. I probably would not vote, at this point, for Nancy Pelosi to continue with the party leadership. But if she were the best person at the time to carry on – to carry forward, absolutely, because that’s what it should be about.

Hayes’ evolution on Pelosi appeared complete on Tuesday, though, as she told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” that she will support Pelosi for speaker.

Hayes’ position on Pelosi may make it easier to have an early impact in the new Democratic majority in the U.S. House. It may also may upset some of her constituents in the Fifth Congressional District, though. The district is considered a ‘swing’ or ‘purple’ district, with many unaffiliated and Republic