Bucking speculation that she would step down after her Democratic Party suffered a "shellacking" in Tuesday's election, outgoing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced Friday that she will run for minority leader in the next Congress.In a letter sent to Democratic House members Friday, Pelosi, the first female speaker of the House, said she made the decision to run based on recommendations from her colleagues and her desire to continue the legislative work started during her tenure."Driven by the urgency of protecting health care reform, Wall Street reform, and Social Security and Medicare, I have decided to run," the letter reads.
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But the National Republican Campaign Committee welcomed Pelosi's announcement "based on her proven ability to create jobs for Republican lawmakers.""The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, and expecting a different result," NRCC spokesman Ken Spain said in a statement. "Of course, if House Democrats are willing to sacrifice more of their members in 2012 for the glory of Nancy Pelosi, we are happy to oblige them."