A Democratic candidate for an open U.S. House seat in Tennessee says he won't vote for Nancy Pelosi as speaker if he is elected. Roy Herron said he wouldn't vote for Republican leader John Boehner either.
"The people of our district are independent-minded folks who put patriotism above partisanship and are not looking to hire a yes-man for either party," Herron said, according to ABC News
. "They know it doesn't matter if you're a Democrat or a Republican if you forget you're an American." Both the liberal Pelosi and the conservative Boehner are "too extreme" for his tastes, he said.
Herron, who is in a tough race to succeed retiring Rep. John Tanner in the northwestern Tennessee district, also said a decision by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee to cancel reserved media time for advertising in the district may be "the price of independence" for his saying he would not support Pelosi as speaker, The Hill
On Wednesday, the DCCC website
still had Herron's contest against Republican Stephen Fincher listed as a targeted race. But the non-partisan Cook Report
shows the district "leaning Republican" with three weeks to go in the campaign.
In Alabama, first-term Democratic Rep. Bobby Bright has also said he won't vote for Pelosi, who will have to be reelected speaker by the Democratic caucus if her party retains its majority in the House. A vote like that is seen as a testament to party loyalty and members who go astray can expect consequences in the way of lost committee assignments and other privileges controlled by the leadership. Pelosi said late last month that she wasn't bothered. "I just want to win," she told PBS' "NewsHour."
Democratic strategists have pulled back advertising in at least six imperiled districts, the Washington Post
says, including Herron's and those of three incumbents, Reps. Suzanne Kosmas of Florida, Kathy Dahlkemper of Pennsylvania and Steve Driehaus of Ohio.
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