Washington (CNN) - Democratic Rep. Jason Altmire, a moderate Democrat from a conservative district in western Pennsylvania says, "I am not voting for Nancy Pelosi."
"I don't get the sense that Speaker Pelosi understands what happened on Tuesday. We lost middle America. The Democratic party got crushed," Altmire told CNN in a telephone interview from his district. "I would rather have someone who understands middle America and someone who can relate to the districts we lost," he said.
Altmire noted that many of his fellow Democrats in districts near his lost their seats, including Kathy Dahlkemper of Pennsylvania, Charlie Wilson of Ohio, and John Boccieri also of Ohio.
"I understand what happened Tuesday. I had an incredibly close race," said Altmire.
Despite his opposition to Pelosi, Altmire said she will easily be victorious in her quest to be House Minority Leader.
"She will win. There is no question about that," said Altmire.
He said he did not want to "name names" about whom he would like to see challenge Pelosi, but said with her as the lead Democrat "we are never going to win back the seats we lost."
Altmire voted against major pieces of Democratic legislation, including the health care bill.