Former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has found herself in an unexpected predicament following the swift shift in House leadership.
She claims that the new interim Speaker, Patrick McHenry, has told her to leave her office space in the Capitol after the ouster of Kevin McCarthy.
Pelosi, a Democrat from California, is shocked after receiving orders to “immediately” vacate her cherished workspace within the Capitol—a hideaway office that has been her sanctuary for years.
It is a symbolic change with a tangible impact, reflecting the dramatic power shift that has just unfolded in Congress.
In a statement laden with frustration, Pelosi has expressed her disappointment with the situation, as reported by NBC News on Wednesday, October 4.
“With all of the important decisions that the new Republican Leadership must address, which we are all eagerly awaiting, one of the first actions taken by the new Speaker Pro Tempore was to order me to immediately vacate my office in the Capitol,” Pelosi lamented, referencing McHenry by his newly acquired title.
While most members of the House have their offices across the street from the Capitol building, Pelosi has been an exception, enjoying an office within the Capitol itself—an honor granted to former speakers as a mark of their distinguished service.
NBC News got hold of an email purportedly sent by the House Administration Committee to Pelosi’s staff, reiterating the command to vacate the space by Wednesday, October 4, for McHenry’s use.
“The Speaker pro tempore is going to re-assign H-132 for speaker office use. Please vacate the space tomorrow, the room will be re-keyed,” the email bluntly stated.
A source familiar with the situation clarified that this decision was not made by the House Administration Committee but rather by Pelosi’s own office.
The motive behind this unexpected eviction remains a mystery, with both former Speaker Kevin McCarthy’s office and McHenry’s office maintaining a stoic silence when approached for comment.
The circumstances surrounding Pelosi’s absence during the crucial vote to replace McCarthy have added intrigue to the situation.
Pelosi, who was in California to mourn the passing of her dear friend, Senator Dianne Feinstein, was unable to retrieve her belongings from her office in time.
Pelosi’s statement emphasizes the departure from tradition that this eviction represents.
She has reminisced about her own tenure as Speaker, highlighting the generous office space she afforded her predecessor, former Speaker Dennis Hastert.
In contrast, her eviction seems abrupt and pointed, raising questions about the motivations behind it.
Nancy Pelosi has been a trailblazing figure in American politics, becoming the first female Speaker of the House.
Her leadership spanned multiple terms and covered nearly two decades, marked by both accomplishments and controversies.
In November last year, her Democratic colleagues bestowed upon her the honorary title of “Speaker Emerita,” a ceremonial recognition of her historic role in American politics.