September 17th, 2010
08:29 AM ET
4 years ago

Dem candidate calls for Pelosi resignation

Carter told CNN that he's worried about the chances for Democratic candidates in November if Pelosi remains in control.
Carter told CNN that he's worried about the chances for Democratic candidates in November if Pelosi remains in control.

(CNN) – Brett Carter may be a Democratic congressional candidate in Tennessee, but that hasn't stopped him from calling on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to step down.

Carter - who is an overwhelming long-shot to win in his Republican-dominated district - told CNN that he's worried about the chances for Democratic candidates in November if Pelosi remains in control.

"Her unpopularity makes it difficult for Democrats. If we don't ask hard questions now then we have no one to blame but ourselves," Carter said. "January may be too late."

To describe Pelosi's role in the midterm elections Carter said, "We're going into battle and we've got one arm tied behind our back."


"People aren't thinking about what we're saying. They think their vote is for Speaker Pelosi," Carter said.

But on substantive issues he said he wasn't sure where he would "diverge" with Pelosi.

Democratic candidates in competitive districts have distanced themselves from the House Speaker recently, but Carter is taking it a step further.

He declined to name a possible successor, but said there are many "qualified candidates."

The Iraq war veteran is facing GOP state Sen. Diane Black for the 6th District seat, which is currently held by retiring Democratic Rep. Bart Gordon.

Pelosi's office declined to comment to CNN.


Filed under: Brett Carter • Nancy Pelosi
soundoff (43 Responses)
  1. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    No one likes all of the leaders. This is just one example. I am sure that there are a few "tea party" people who don't like Palin.

    September 17, 2010 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  2. Hugo

    Nasty Nancy would never step aside, her psyche would not allow it, she is THE MOST POWERFUL woman in the US, hear her roar. She IS the representative of the liberal progressive left, she knows what is best for America, she knows how to better spend your money than you. Besides, stepping down or aside would be to easy for her and her ilk, I am sure America has a better future plan for those that have milked our tax cauffers dry, repeatedly gone against what the majority of America wishes and basically used OUR Constitution as a doormat in a treasonous attempt to destroy our very founding principles. Let's just wait and let her continue their onslaught, it will assure no Democrat liberal ever serves as Speaker in our lifetimes.

    September 17, 2010 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  3. Eric

    No, no, no! Please don't!

    We want her face front and center! It gives us something to campaign on.

    Please keep Charlie Rangel and Maxine Waters, too!

    September 17, 2010 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  4. Scot

    As a life long Democrat I have to agree she is one of the worst Sec of State's ( other than Newt ) that we have had. She could not get the party to come together to be a force that we needed to have the changes that were promised by OUR president.

    September 17, 2010 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  5. Riley

    I;ve been calling for Pelosi to resign, as well.

    September 17, 2010 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  6. dan smith

    She never should've been elected speaker to begin with.

    September 17, 2010 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  7. Sniffit

    "Carter – who is an overwhelming long-shot to win in his Republican-dominated district "

    Translation: The tapdancing pandering has begun.

    What a substanceless attempt at a rhetorical handjob. I'd vote for the GOPer just to spite him, and I'm a crazy radical leftist socialist nazi fascist freedom hater.

    Man...the stories today are to yawn for....

    September 17, 2010 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  8. Jackalope

    Brett Carter is a Dixiecrat - in other words a closet Republican. Of course he hates Nancy Pelosi. All Republicans do.

    September 17, 2010 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  9. Marry

    As candidate Brett Carter says, he does not "diverge" on the issues with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, he should show backbone and stand by a Speaker that works hard and serves the people very well! One of the strong points the Democrats have to offer is: They CAN stand on their record. So, Mr. Carter, stand by who works well! Or you can change to the GOP because what you are doing right now is just along their lines of reasoning. Winning, even if it means thrashing and slandering others.

    September 17, 2010 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  10. Granny Griper

    She's a female most men have a fear when a woman is in control of anything let alone politics.
    I live in Tn and if you think any democrat will win here you are nuts.
    We now have a democratic governor the best this state has ever had, but a republican will be elected and we will go back to politics as usual.
    Tn has one of the richest senators in the country MR. BOB CORKER and he has done absolutely nothing for this state. Nor has ALEXANDER..
    The mayor of Nashville and the governor of this state have done more for jobs and anything else needed here. When the floods hit you have never seen two such men go to work as they did, COrker and Alex did not do to much to help. Enough said

    September 17, 2010 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  11. America Shrugged

    Pelosi is unpopular? With who? Certainly not with most Democrats. The problem we have isn't with the House, it's the Senate, where good house bills go to die. The House has passed everything they intended with the exception of their HCR bill, which they had to compromise (water down) with the DINOS in the Senate. Nancy rocks...

    September 17, 2010 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  12. Tina in PA

    Democrates need to stop be cowards and stick together even if it means they will lose the seat, which I doubt. Weakness is what does the Dem in.

    September 17, 2010 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  13. Jerry - Florida

    Tripple WOW!!! This man (Mr. Brett Carter) has the guts to tell "Boblehead" Pelosi to take a hike. Now, if he would have the guts to tell the same thing to the "Bully-in-Chief."

    This man should receive the "Patriot Award", SOON!

    Wow, wow, wow! Like Michele NObama once said (more or less) I am again proud to be a life-long Democrat.

    Mr. Carter, stand up, be proud/patriotic and unafraid. Don't allow the bullies in Washington/White House to intimidate you or your supporters.

    September 17, 2010 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  14. SuperD

    Problem recognition is the first start towards a recovery.

    Bravo Congressman!

    I still to this day do not understand why this shill of a woman was ever given this post by her party.

    September 17, 2010 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  15. ED FL

    Wecome to the club , afew million would like to see her gone BUT we donot live in San Francisco to ensure it. Best we can hope for is that the members of congress replace her and her influence. Do not know what America did to get stuck with her , rangel and a couple of others from both parties. Should be an age limit like 30 yrs old to hold that office.

    September 17, 2010 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  16. Carolyn E Powell

    United you stand, divided you will surly fall

    September 17, 2010 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  17. Old Farmboy

    It's just words when the other party wants you to go, but another thing when it's your own party that tired of the way you do business. The only problem is that her ego won't let her step down....

    September 17, 2010 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  18. New Age Independant

    "Brett Carter ... calling on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to step down."

    Admirable, but it wont get him elected...

    September 17, 2010 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
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