As rumors swirl that Democrat House Speaker Nancy Pelosi may retire this year rather than seek reelection, whispers are also emerging about who may run for her congressional seat.
Theodore Schleifer, a reporter for Puck News, has claimed there is “jockeying” behind the scenes to replace Pelosi.
Responding to rumors of her retirement, Pelosi has said publicly she is running for re-election.
However, Pelosi has not said is what she will do after she wins her own election and the GOP takes the House in a likely red wave.
According to Schleifer, Pelosi’s daughter, Christine, is said to be jockeying for her seat behind the scenes.
“Inside her hometown of San Francisco, the race is viewed as essentially a two-person contest between moderate Scott Weiner, the city’s state senator, and more-progressive Christine Pelosi, a longtime Democratic organizer and middle daughter of the city’s royal family,” Schleifer wrote.
But now Schleifer is reporting Christine may have a well-funded challenger with a name as famous as her’s.
“More recently, however, another dynastic name has come up in those conversations, and it is one that deeply intrigues me for symbolic reasons:
“Reed Jobs, the eldest son of Laurene Powell Jobs and, of course, the late Steve Jobs. Reed manages the health investments of Emerson Collective, his family’s hybrid family office, philanthropy, and political advocacy shop.”
He adds that Reed Jobs is focussing his family money on finding a cure for cancer and his “family’s nascent climate foundation.”
But he loves politics.
“But the 30-year-old Jobs also loves politics, and he has long told people that he is definitely interested in running for something down the line, according to people who have talked with him,” Schleifer continues.
“Sometimes, he has brought up Pelosi’s congressional seat, in particular.
“One person who has talked politics with him said Reed, as late as early last year, told them that he would strongly consider running for the seat after Pelosi retired.”
Nancy Pelosi is the daughter of an old-school Baltimore Democratic machine politician, so ushering her daughter into that seat would seem likely.
New reporting at @PuckNews —
Could REED JOBS — the son of Steve Jobs — run for Congress?
The younger Jobs has told friends that he’d like to run for office some day, sometimes bringing up Nancy Pelosi’s congressional seat in San Francisco next year.https://t.co/J3TE7ix6KJ
— Teddy Schleifer (@teddyschleifer) February 23, 2022
That the Manhattan DA expressed doubts about charging Trump (and 2 prosecutors quit in response) doesn’t mean the case isn’t solid – after all he’s reducing felonies in other criminal cases too. Let’s await more facts before jumping to conclusions. https://t.co/cwDgAvRFxE
— Christine Pelosi (@sfpelosi) February 23, 2022