Dozens among the 150 people crowded into the Amesbury Town Hall pushed back against Moulton’s comments. Several shouted “no” when he said, “The majority of Democrats want this change.” Some protesters held signs that were green on one side and red on the other. When Moulton or another attendee said something they didn’t like, the protesters held up the red signs to signal disagreement.

The hourlong question-and-answer session rarely strayed from the speakership question. Constituents pressed Moulton on his plan for who should replace Pelosi as party chief in the House, while a few thanked him for calling for change.

The congressman, who has floated Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio) for the post, said a confirmed candidate hadn’t emerged because it is smartest to wait to announce a bid for speaker after it is proved that Pelosi doesn’t have the votes.