In a surprising turn of events, former Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has been evicted from her Capitol hideaway office by acting speaker Patrick McHenry. The eviction comes just hours after McHenry was named interim House speaker following the historic vote to oust Kevin McCarthy. Pelosi’s office received an email informing them that the room would be reassigned for “speaker use.”
Pelosi expressed her disappointment with the eviction, stating, “With all of the important decisions that the new Republican Leadership must address, one of the first actions taken by the new Speaker Pro Temper was to order me to immediately vacate my office in the Capitol.” She also claimed that this eviction is a departure from tradition, as she had granted former Speaker Dennis Hastert a larger suite of offices for as long as he wished.
Currently, Pelosi is in California mourning the death of Sen. Dianne Feinstein and is unable to collect her belongings from her Capitol office. House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries’ staffers have already cleaned out Pelosi’s office, with a TV and bags being spotted outside before being hauled away.
I take no lecture from those who would grovel and bend knee for the lobbyists and special interests who own our leadership, hollow out this town, and borrow against the future of our future generations.#MotionToVacate pic.twitter.com/PV52V5LVO2
— Rep. Matt Gaetz (@RepMattGaetz) October 3, 2023
Pelosi, with her usual graceful response, stated, “Office space doesn’t matter to me, but it seems to be important to them.” She urged the new Republican Leadership to focus on what is truly important for the American people.
In other news related to the overthrow of McCarthy, eight House Republicans, led by Gaetz, voted with the entirety of House Democrats to remove McCarthy. Gaetz’s move to oust McCarthy was rejected by the Republican House. McCarthy announced that he would not seek reelection after losing the motion to vacate the chair. Despite this, he expressed no regrets over his choices, stating, “Doing the right thing isn’t always easy, but it is necessary.” McCarthy also had some advice for his successor, encouraging them to change the rules. He criticized the eight Republicans who opposed him, describing them as the same people who never voted for him and only went “present” after a previous disagreement.
As a conservative commentator, it is clear that the ousting of Pelosi from her office is a blow to the Democrats and a sign of changing winds in the House. It will be interesting to see how the new Republican Leadership handles this power shift and what decisions they make moving forward for the American people.