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Shuler says he'll challenge Pelosi for House leadership

Posted November 14, 2010

Rep. Heath Shuler, who represents western North Carolina counties, said that he will challenge Nancy Pelosi for leadership of Congressional Democrats if she doesn't step down.

Democrats lost control of the U.S. House of Representatives in the Nov. 2 elections. There's been debate about whether Pelosi, who currently leads as speaker of the House, should continue as minority leader when a new session of Congress convenes in January.

Shuler, who was first elected in 2006 and has emerged as a leader of the moderate Blue Dog Coalition, stated his opposition to Pelosi.

"I'm hoping that Nancy Pelosi will step aside," Shuler said on CNN's "State of the Union" Sunday. "But because of her being at the very top right now, no one's willing to throw their hat in the ring. If it comes down to it this coming week and she doesn't step aside, then I will challenge her."

Shuler said that Democrats need more moderate leadership if they are to regain control of the House in the 2012 elections.

"We've just come off the largest, devastating loss for the Democratic party in almost a century," he said. "To put Speaker Pelosi as minority leader is truly, it's unacceptable for our party to move our party forward in a moderate direction.

"To take the same approach that we have during these last two years is not going to get us where we need to go as a party," he continued.

Shuler said he doesn't know if has enough support to win against Pelosi.

Officials anonymously told the Associated Press Friday that Pelosi had worked a deal in which she would become speaker, nominate Maryland Rep. Steny Hoyer as party whip and create a new position that would rank South Carolina Rep. James Clyburn as third in the House minority leadership.


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  • Proud Black Constitutionalist Nov 17, 2010

    This was all an election ploy to get re-elected!

  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Nov 15, 2010

    Nancy Pelosi along with Harry Reid and Barry Sorento (aka Barack Hussein Obama) are ideologues who are out of touch with reality.

    They care what the people thing as long as they advance their ideology.

  • chevybelair57sd Nov 15, 2010

    Heath is exactly right, if Pelosi gets minority leader, it signals that the dems wish to remain on the far left as a party and the same people that voted against the Dems in 2010, will finish the job in 2012 including me.

  • ncguy Nov 15, 2010

    go shuler go shuler.

    pelosi ran california into the ground and now wants to do the same for our country.

  • Justin T. Nov 15, 2010

    He's in serious trouble... Pelosi is known for her sharp talons and rows of chicklet-like teeth. If he doesn't get ripped apart she will resort to using her shrill screech which permanently deafens opponents whose heads don't explode immediately.

  • sillywabbitthepatriot Nov 15, 2010


  • cfarmer Nov 15, 2010

    Heath Shuler, quarterback for the Swain County Maroon Devils. Defeated my Midway Raiders for the state championship in Spivey's Corner back in 1988.

    He actually voted with conservatives about 67% of the time on AFA's breakdown they sent out.

  • sillywabbitthepatriot Nov 15, 2010

    Schuler is too conservative for Pelosi and the other aggorant liberal Democrats.

    Good luck Schuler.

  • North Carolina Home Nov 15, 2010

    I HOPE Nancy Pelosi becomes the Minority Leader...it will be fun to watch.

    Her job the last two years was like herding sheep inebriated by the 2008 Obama sweep. Her next two years will be like herding nervous cats in a room full of rocking chairs created by the 2010 Republican sweep.

  • ezLikeSundayMorning Nov 15, 2010

    Win or lose, at least he's willing to challenge her.