As she’s campaigned in the Third Congressional District, Lori Trahan has repeatedly left open this question if elected: Would she back Nancy Pelosi for minority leader or speaker of the House?
Whether she’ll campaign with her, however, is a different answer.
Trahan is welcoming Pelosi, the current House minority leader, to a fund-raiser Tuesday in Concord, using the California Democrat’s name and standing to help generate cash in the closing weeks of her race against GOP nominee Rick Green.
In a statement, Trahan said she was grateful Pelosi is “once again doing everything she can to get Democrats elected in November.” But she said for now, she is nevertheless standing by her noncommittal position on future leadership fights.
“I’m not making any private or public commitments to any vote on leadership in the Democratic Party until after the election,” she said. “Our focus should be on winning the majority.”
The Tuesday morning event — hosted by Rufus Gifford, one of Trahan’s former primary opponents — marks the first time Pelosi has dropped into the race in person. But questions about Pelosi have hovered since the spring among the large field of 10 Democrats running to replace US Representative Niki Tsongas.
Trahan, like others, said she was neutral. In an April debate in Lowell, she said Pelosi “had my vote in the past” but lamented the “underwhelming” job the party has done in succession planning. “We badly need new leadership,” she said.
In August, she said she would need to see who the candidates are before deciding. And on Wednesday, she said the same, though she spoke more warmly about Pelosi, saying in a WBZ radio debate that when Democratic and Republican congressional leaders meet, she’s the only woman in the room.
“I am in no rush to vote out the only woman in that meeting,” she said. Asked by host Dan Rea whether that meant she’s open-minded about Pelosi, Trahan agreed. “Absolutely.”
With Pelosi headlining at Concord’s Colonial Inn, attendees are being asked to contribute anywhere between $500 and $2,700, the maximum amount per election, according to a copy of the invitation circulated by Gifford.
A Pelosi campaign spokesman did not respond to a request for comment Friday.