Wolf on US House Dems’ leadership election: Need to 'do this right'

Tony Romeo
November 15, 2018 - 4:00 am
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf is downplaying a report that he is lobbying on behalf of Nancy Pelosi in her bid to reclaim the speaker’s gavel, as Democrats prepare to take control of the U.S. House. 

A story this week in the national publication, Politico, named Gov. Wolf as being among democratic “luminaries” calling incoming members of Congress on behalf of Nancy Pelosi. On Wednesday afternoon, Wolf said he had not actually spoken to any members.

“I haven’t actually talked to any of the congressmen on her behalf, but I have actually have tried to contact some to say, you know, ‘let’s make sure we do this right.’ They have a leadership election, I don’t want to interfere with that, but they have to make a decision and let’s make sure they’re making a decision that’s responsible," he explained.

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Wolf said as of Wednesday afternoon, he had made two phone calls.

"But I didn’t call anybody who’s in the House of Representatives, just to talk about it," he said.

He also told KYW Newsradio, when asked directly, that he is not trying to get her elected as speaker.

"No. I know Nancy Pelosi and I think she’s a fine person," he said.