DENVER (CBS4) – Congressman Ed Perlmutter of Colorado’s 7th Congressional District spoke out about a deal he helped negotiate which clears the way for Nancy Pelosi to be the next Speaker of the House of Representatives. The democratic congressman was among 16 democrats who signed a letter demanding new leadership.

Ed Perlmutter (credit: CBS)

Pelosi resisted demands to step aside, but eventually agreed this week to serve no longer than four more years as the leader of congressional democrats.

WASHINGTON, DC – APRIL 27: House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) talks to reporters during her weekly news conference at the U.S. Capitol Visitors Center April 27, 2017 in Washington, DC. Pelosi gave President Donald Trump a letter grade for his performance as he approaches his 100th day in office. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

CBS4 Political Specialist Shaun Boyd spoke with Perlmutter on Friday about the change.

“We end up with very experienced, knowledgeable and skillful leaders now, but the change is happening and another component that is about succession planning,” he said.

Congressman-elect Jason Crow, also a democrat, from Colorado 6th District is standing by his promise to no support Pelosi as the Speaker of the House.

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