Nancy Pelosi is reelected as Speaker of the House in a very tight vote.
Controversially, Rep. Gwen Moore (D-WI) was in attendance at the vote despite announcing that she was positive for the Wuhan coronavirus just Dec. 28.
From Red State:
Mooore also announced that she didn’t have a negative test yet but had been cleared to come in by a doctor.
According to CDC guidelines, even if she didn’t have symptoms (and we don’t know that she didn’t) she would still have to wait, assuming she announced shortly after her positive test.
But Pelosi clearly needed her there for the vote, it was a tight one. So clearly Pelosi wasn’t concerned about virus spread by having her there. Priorities.
There were two outright defections from Pelosi: Reps. Conor Lamb (D-PA) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) who voted for other candidates. There were also three Democrats who voted present but didn’t vote for Pelosi: Reps. Sherrill (D-NJ), Slotkin (D-MI) and Spanberger (D-VA).
Then there were people who didn’t answer on the first call who appear to have been trying to play with Pelosi, perhaps waiting for an offer behind the scenes: Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Barbara Lee (D-CA) and Cori Bush (D-MO). Other progressives in the Squad like Reps. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), Ilhan Omar (D-MN) did vote for Pelosi on the first call.