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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 newspaper reported.

Democratic House candidate Roy Herron in Tennessee says he won't support PelosiOn 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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Smart man.

October 20 2010 at 9:30 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

go ahead vote the dems out then watch the country go down in flames these tea partyt nuts cases dont have a clue maytbe the female tes party candidates can go back to standing on sreet corners and the male candidates can be their pimps

October 19 2010 at 9:01 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
Hi Doe

I pray Nancy Pelosi does not get back in office. She and the likes of her have ruined our Country. We need to clean house and vote in individuals (regardless of their party) who will put America first and do the work the taxpayers want them to do. The encumbents are not listening to the people. They have tried to take over so many programs and they have not been able to control the ones they already have. They have failed. Whether is it control of our borders to safe-guard our people, banks, stock exchange, healthcare, post office, oil spills, FDA, CIA; they have not managed any of them well. Any of those could be better managed by private concerns. REMEMBER IN NOVEMBER~ AND VOTE THEM OUT!!!

October 17 2010 at 6:26 PM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply

Democrats need to review recent history. The Soviet Union failed because of policies that did not reward citizens based on merit, and because citizens did not have a voice in their country's direction and policy. Sound familiar Nancy? On second thought, Democrats should ignore history, a self correction will take place in the upcoming elections.

October 17 2010 at 10:39 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply


October 17 2010 at 10:34 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to mindlessjog's comment

mindless - you sure are worthy your name! The biggest ever lies belong to Bush and republicans. The Bush admin was the biggest fraud in the history of this country. Their record is wrecking the economy with the China credit card and leaving all the debt and chaos of their stupid war for the next admin to deal with. It was the republican president Bush on national TV begging for bail outs for his banker pals.

October 20 2010 at 7:09 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

With any good luck at all, Pelosi won't be there to vote on.

October 15 2010 at 7:00 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

Right, but I wonder if he'll say, I meant I wouldn't vote for her until I get elected. People have been known to do such things........

October 14 2010 at 2:46 PM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply

If Mr. Herron considers himself an enemy of Speaker Pelosi, then he is NOT a Democrat. He should either change his affilliation to Republican or withdraw from the election. He has committed FRAUD by representing himself as a Democrat, and accepting campaign funds from the Democratic Party. A Politician committing fraud--what a surprise!

October 14 2010 at 2:07 PM Report abuse -8 rate up rate down Reply

I'd vote for ANYONE that opposed Pelosi!

October 14 2010 at 1:55 PM Report abuse +12 rate up rate down Reply

If voting Republican will remove Nancy Pelosi, I'm motivated.

October 14 2010 at 1:52 PM Report abuse +13 rate up rate down Reply


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