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. Right Leaning Independent

    The Dems are beginning to eat their own!!! Where were you the last two years when Pelosi rammed her ultra liberal agenda down Americans throats?? This is a stunt to get elected and nothing more.. Bye Bye Dems.....

    September 17, 2010 08:33 am at 8:33 am |
  2. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Mr. Carter, you can get out of the party.

    September 17, 2010 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
  3. Tina in NC

    "People aren't thinking about what we are saying. They think their vote is for Speaker Pelosi."

    Sounds like the people of Tennessee need some civics lessons and then this guy can borrow some guts from Pelosi. If he wants to be a member of congress then it's his job to educate voters. If they don't want to hear about the issues then obviously they are forming their opinions from what they hear at Faux News. He can either choose to tell the truth or run as a repub.

    September 17, 2010 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  4. sharon

    u advocate asking hard ?'s of Pelosi, but no one is asking hard ?'s of the Tea Party liers. Palin seems to be able to tell lies without having to worry about anyone challenging. Her constant comment about" her baby being the first time she has had to deal with a physically challenged child",garnered her a great deal of emotional support so much so that she uses the line everywhere. But the fact is her brother was her responsibility and he had the same physical challenges as her son. There are so many others, alone there small, together they paint a picture or a truth bender.

    September 17, 2010 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  5. Fed Up

    Come on now. Everyone loves Nancy! Everyone loves someone that is pretentious, obnoxious, whines, knows more than anyone else in the world, and is willing to tell you that she is shoving something down your throat (whether you want it or not). What is wrong with that?

    September 17, 2010 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  6. aneanderthal

    What we need is for Satuday Night Live to do a Nancy Pelosi imitation and the Democrat liberals will think that is the real Pelosi and hate her as much as they do Palin. You see, liberals, for the most part, are products of the NEA dominated education system and cannot think for themselves and don't realize the difference between what they see on liberally biased television programs and real life, hence their hatred of Palin. If the liberally biased media were to actually attack, demean and degrade Pelosi, like they do Palin by doing things like making fun of her botox and her children, Pelosi would be gone. Fat chance of that happening though, the liberal bias is alive and well in the media.

    September 17, 2010 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  7. Bob

    If only she would listen to We The People! Her approval rating is very low. People don't like the way way she leads. She bullies people around like the big unions do and makes shady backroom deals.

    September 17, 2010 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  8. Liz the First

    :::::::::sigh:::::::::: i knew he was only part Democrat but i didn't think it was this bad.

    September 17, 2010 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  9. Desmond in Canada

    Another Dem falling prey to the politics of expediency rather than that of truth?

    September 17, 2010 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  10. jim

    Just another dem running away from Pelosi to save his political hide.Voters in Tenn. need to remember that most of these people voted to sipport her and Obama plan to turn this country into "a socialist utopia"

    September 17, 2010 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  11. rgray222

    Pelosi needs to go and the people of her district should wake up and understand how much they are hurting this country by voting Pelosi into office!

    September 17, 2010 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  12. Michael

    Why not take on the right-wing extremist lunatics who have been polluting the air with all sorts of ridiculous lies in order to keep the electorate confused and the truth of their culpability obscured, instead of picking on a public servant who has been rewarded with unpopularity for her long and courageous service of the American people (at least the 98% making less than a million dollars).

    September 17, 2010 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  13. if you have a brain, you must be a republican or independent

    A democrat with a brain.

    Now that is change I can hope for.

    September 17, 2010 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  14. rdepontb

    In the world of national politics, Ms Pelosi is a breath of fresh air who has given backbone to any number of spineless Democrats and Republicans both.

    September 17, 2010 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  15. carol

    She is unpopular because the Republicans have attacked and lied about her since they lost in 2008. The Repuiblicans have passed the blame for what THEY did to this country on to Pelosi.
    Lying , fear mongering Republicans and this Democrat swallows the lies too? Maybe he is not a Democrat!
    If Carter has no balls to tell the truth the and take up for her then to heck with him. I am a Dem and hope he loses.

    September 17, 2010 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  16. Can't We All Just Get Along?

    Newt was an unpopular speaker of the house.

    Nancy Pelosi is doing her job.

    I know the GOP don't like it when competent people are in office because it shows off how lazy and self-centered the GOP are, but all the attacks on Nancy Pelosi makes the GOP look even more stupid than it is.

    September 17, 2010 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  17. maine liberal

    the Dems in congress can always call for a vote of confidence.
    regardless of Pelosi's satus the regugnant's will never be satisfied and this would just be another win for them as they dismantle their own party leadership and the dems.

    September 17, 2010 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  18. Clwyd

    Brett you are only a candidate and are you that desperate to win? You should remove yourself from the ballot as power has already gone to your head! That is the biggest problem with politicians today!

    September 17, 2010 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  19. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Go away little boy, you will never be elected anyway!

    September 17, 2010 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  20. KenS

    Even if the Democrats replaced Pelosi with a RINO, the new speaker would instantly be demonized as was Pelosi. The only benefit for the incumbents would be that there wouldn't be enough time before election time for the characterization to stick.

    It isn't Pelosi, it's just the GOP strategy of painting ANY Democrat as unacceptably far to the left.

    September 17, 2010 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  21. Please

    Please do Nancy, the whole nation would be a better place if you went back to CA. (and stayed there)Worst speaker of the house that has ever been. I don't blame this candidate for wanting to distance himself from the lunacy.

    September 17, 2010 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  22. Idiots In High Places

    What a glorious day it would be for the US if this woman would step down, and reid, and obama,and axelrod, and gibbs, and rahm, and bloomberg, and on, and on and on,

    September 17, 2010 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  23. T'SAH from Virginia

    You see – the problem with the DEMOCRATS is that we 'do not' stick together!!! You see how the RepubliCAN'Ts rallied behind O'Donnell – even though they know she STINKS and will not WIN!!!

    DEMOCRATS need to STATE the CASE – UNITE the BASE in order to WIN this RACE in November!!!

    Firing someone on the 11th hour will do NO GOOD on the 12th!!

    T'SAH the Liberal is responsible for this message and approves it!!

    September 17, 2010 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  24. dont care what you Demoncrates say

    Finally a Dem who has seen the light

    September 17, 2010 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  25. adrienne

    Can't stand the liar!!!

    September 17, 2010 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
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