WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi says she doesn’t wish to be speaker again.
In an interview published Friday in the National Journal, an inside-Washington magazine, the 73-year-old Pelosi was asked whether she wishes to return to the top job. Pelosi said she did not, pointing out that she has held the post.
“No, that’s not my thing. I did that,” Pelosi said.
Pelosi spokesman Drew Hammill discounted Pelosi’s comments, saying they’re in line with her stock response when she’s asked about running for leadership positions. Hammill said Friday that she’s working hard to win back the majority for Democrats and that, if the effort is successful, her colleagues would elect their speaker.
“She was simply saying she doesn’t ‘wish’ for things,” Hammill said.
Pelosi recently said she will run for re-election to her House seat representing San Francisco.
She became the first woman to hold the speakership in January 2007 after Democrats captured the majority. She lost the position to current Speaker John Boehner in 2011 when Republicans posted decisive wins in the November 2010 midterm elections that propelled them into control of the House.
Democrats failed to win back the House majority last year, and there was considerable speculation that Pelosi would step aside as the top leader for House Democrats. She opted to run for the leadership post again and won easily.