Billionaire Tom Steyer, one of the leading Democratic donors in the 2018 election cycle, has plenty of praise for House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., but he stopped short of publicly supporting her to lead the party in Congress after this year's midterm elections.
Steyer, the founder of the nonprofit NextGen America, a group that supports progressive policies on climate change and health care, told CNBC in an exclusive interview that Pelosi has been the "perfect" leader for the party. However, he would not say outright that she should remain in charge, regardless of what happens this fall.
"Nancy is my congressperson. I have enormous regard for her professionally and personally. I think she is astonishingly good in terms of running the Congress and as a Democratic leader," Steyer, who is also from California, said after being asked whether Pelosi should remain the House Democrats' leader.