Nancy Pelosi, the speaker of the US House, has asked President Joe Biden to propose her for appointment as ambassador to Italy if the Republicans take back control of the House in the midterm elections in November. Pelosi plans to urge the President, who has been holding the speaker’s post open, to nominate her for the job after seeing that it is vacant.
Since Lewis Eisenberg, the representative for former Republican President Donald Trump, resigned from his position on January 4th last year, Biden has refrained from appointing any Senate-confirmed ambassador to Rome. Chargé d’affaires Shawn P. Crowley and Thomas Smitham are now residing in Villa Taverna, the official home in Rome. Pelosi, who is of Italian heritage, has shown interest in taking up the position following the November elections if they are anticipated to produce a Republican majority. To take control of the House on November 8th, Republicans must win five House seats.
The US House Speaker’s potential appointment as the country’s ambassador to the Vatican was the subject of rumors last year. President Biden put the rumors to bed in October. However, by choosing Indiana Senator Joe Donnelly for the job. Drew Hammill, a spokesman for Pelosi, dismissed the rumors when contacted, claiming that the House Speaker has “no interest in this role” and that she hasn’t talked about it in the White House.
The California Democrat has previously hinted in speeches that she will retire by 2022 as Democratic legislators would advocate for “generational change.” Pelosi stated that the top three senior leadership figures would have to resign after serving three terms under the term-limits legislation if the majority were to come to an approval. With the backing of the Democratic caucus’ two-thirds, they could only hold office. Pelosi would start her third term as the head of Congress this year.