The departure of two top staff members from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) office this week has led to fresh speculation that she may retire in 2022 rather than face the prospect of being in the minority if Republicans retake the House majority as expected.
Pelosi’s Press Assistant, Riley Lopez, will take a new, less relevant position in the Senate, while her former deputy communications director Robyn Patterson will go to the Commerce Department.
The departures led National Republican Congressional Committee’s deputy communications director Mike Berg to declare the Speaker under “retirement watch.”
Pelosi has refused to say whether she’ll run again in 2022.
Her daughter has expressed interest in running for the seat if her mother retires.
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