September 29th, 2010
09:29 PM ET
4 years ago

Idaho Democrat latest to waver on support for Pelosi

(CNN) - Freshman Rep. Walt Minnick of Idaho is the latest House Democrat to distance himself from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, saying he hasn't decided if he would back Pelosi again for speaker.

"I'm going to have to see who's running," Minnick responded when asked whether he supports Pelosi.

But Minnick also seemed to send a signal he will consider a change in the leadership lineup even if Democrats retain the majority but lose House seats, saying " when a party loses seats, that leads to leadership changes."

Minnick pointed to recent political history: "There's a precedent for leaders if they lose seats to assess whether they want to continue or not," he said, "and I will end up voting for whomever I think represents my views and interests of my district."

He won Idaho's 1st district by less than 5,000 votes in 2008 with 51% of the vote. Although the district has been historically conservative, the Cook and Rothenberg Political Reports currently rank the race as "lean Democrat."


Filed under: 2010 • Idaho • Nancy Pelosi • Walt Minnick
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  1. jim

    Another democrat trying to have it both ways.He helped put us in this mess and now is sayimg if you'll reelect me i'll promise to do better. But , that's all it is a promise.You sir shouldn't have supported all those things she did to the American people.

    September 29, 2010 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  2. valwayne

    Don't believe a word from any of these dishonest Democrats. They all supported Nancy Pelosi and the extreme left wing agenda. They were all their to vote for the corrupt stimulous bill, the corrupt healthcare, and the rest of the trillions upon trillions in corrupt spending and debt that has damaged our nations economy so badly leaving us with 9.6% UNEMPLOYMENT. The only Democrats that voted against any of the Elite left wing agenda received permission from Nancy Pelosi in advance so they could go back to their district and pretend like they wouldn't give her their vote. The only way to restore balance to our nation and insure that Nancy Pelosi isn't still running our country next year is to fire every Democrat on the ballot in Novemeber!

    September 29, 2010 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  3. Terry

    I fail to see how it could possible matter which of the dems is called speaker. It's pretty apparent to me that none of them have the cajones required of the job.

    September 29, 2010 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  4. TEXAS TRUTH

    She is an incumbent an a Democrat. Therefore she must go. Also she need medical attention. Counseling sessions are in order for this nutty fruitcake.

    September 29, 2010 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  5. New Democrat

    San Francisco isn't the best place for a House Leader. Nothing against San Francisco but it's not exactly reflective of the average Democrat.

    September 29, 2010 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
  6. roro

    He's a coward along with all the others who are now trying to do anything to keep themselves in power. Never mind the will of their constituents who voted for them in the first place, assuming they would stick to their Democrat ideals. It's too bad the Dems can't stand together in lockstep like the Reps. I guess they're not the "Stepford " members of Congress that the Repubs are.

    September 30, 2010 12:04 am at 12:04 am |
  7. rdepontb

    Losing seats when you have to deal with Blue Dogs and NRINO types is in no way a sign of change for new leadership. Pelosi has run a tight, moral ship, at a time when overcoming the nation's ills carried over from Bush-Cheney indeed took up most of her day. No one could have done any better. Certainly not a hatched woman who nearly killed one of USA's shining high tech companies, HP/

    September 30, 2010 01:07 am at 1:07 am |
  8. Fed Up

    They're getting smarter!

    September 30, 2010 01:10 am at 1:10 am |
  9. Dennis from Mmillbrae

    I am a life-long Bay Ara Democrat and may not be too bright, but I was, and am, smart enough to recognize Pelosi would be a divisive and polarizing Speaker and that her chair at the dais would hurt Democrats in the long term. If the Democrats lose control of the House in the up-coming election, Pelosi hs to take the brunt of the blame.

    September 30, 2010 02:09 am at 2:09 am |
  10. Vote Democrats or bend over for Tea Party!

    I hope he loose. Nothing worst than a backstabber!

    September 30, 2010 04:23 am at 4:23 am |
  11. Unbelievable

    Good for you!

    September 30, 2010 07:47 am at 7:47 am |
  12. Mark

    If it wasn't for the media and Hollywood there would be no democrat party.

    September 30, 2010 08:06 am at 8:06 am |
  13. Terry Gee

    These guys will say anything to get elected then revert back to their liberal ways.
    Just look at their voting recorde and that reveals where they stand and most of the democrats cannot pass that test.
    I can picture Pelosi on the bus ,heading home with her box lunch of chicken ,yelling I,ll trade a leg for a breast! Ahh sweet revenge.

    September 30, 2010 08:52 am at 8:52 am |