November 14th, 2010
10:24 AM ET
12 years ago

Dem has a request for Pelosi

(CNN) - One Democratic representative says he will challenge House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for minority leader in the next Congress if she does not step aside.

North Carolina Democratic Rep. Heath Shuler said the Democratic Party needs to be a "big tent," which will not be possible with Pelosi as head of the party.

"To be able to put Speaker Pelosi as minority leader is unacceptable for our party, to move our party forward in a moderate direction," Shuler said on CNN's "State of the Union" Sunday. "I'm hoping Nancy Pelosi will step aside."

But he was frank about his chances.

"I can add and subtract pretty well. I don't have the numbers to be able to win," Shuler said.

His jockeying comes after a week of leadership battles in the House that ended over the weekend when Pelosi announced plans to create a third position in the Democratic leadership. When Democrats become the minority party in the House they will lose the House Speaker leadership post.

Pelosi said she will nominate South Carolina Democratic Rep. James Clyburn for the new "assistant speaker" position. Clyburn currently holds the majority whip position.

Clyburn said Shuler would not win the elections for minority leader and addressed Shuler's criticism of Pelosi and the leadership team.

"Much too much noise is being made about the leadership team. We all know what happened this past year," Clyburn said on "State of the Union." "This is the team that brought us out of the wilderness… into the land of milk and honey."

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soundoff (20 Responses)
  1. Indie Woman in Denver

    This guy (Shuler) hust wants his 15 minutes of fame. Give me a break!

    November 14, 2010 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  2. pkb

    Rep Shuler needs to 'fess up and say what we all know: He's working with the Republicans and that's why his seat wasn't targeted by the GOP during the election. The DNC needs to address a growing problem – why would I contribute to the DNC and see my money go towards people like Shuler, who do not support the Democratic Party or the President?

    November 14, 2010 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  3. right...

    we do not want you heath. you're lucky you didn't get voted out with the rest of the blue dog dems. the country has gone waaaay to far to the right. tell us how you are different from a're not

    November 14, 2010 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  4. Kenneth Close

    Shuler needs to come to my neighborhood and see the milk and cream: Some good some bad but not the nirvana he protrays. We can kid our self better sometimes than a good jabbing from a friend.

    November 14, 2010 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  5. RightWingMark

    Totally agree Indie – Nancy is the best hope we have looking toward 2012. She has done wonders for this country – we cant do without her!

    November 14, 2010 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  6. Marge

    I think he and his kind, the blue dogs, did enough damage in this session of congress. He doesn't have enough people left that would support him in anything. He is going to be relagated to the never unheard from again committe. And who deserves it more.

    November 14, 2010 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  7. Francisco Cardenas

    Pelosi is a true Democrat and Shuler is being ridiculous. It is democrats like him that have allowed the GOP to run the game.

    November 14, 2010 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  8. GI Joe

    Typical southern make- cannot stand a beautiful strong female democrat.

    November 14, 2010 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  9. GI Joe

    OOPS – Should be - Typical southern male- cannot stand a beautiful strong female democrat.

    November 14, 2010 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  10. Independent

    I say go for it...I was so tired of all the election ads with Pelosi living in my area and I live in the midwest.....I'd say get her out of there and just maybe things will go better.....don't have a clue why people don't like her.....she needs to step aside for what is good for the party not her own ego....

    November 14, 2010 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  11. Tinysview

    Clyburn said on "State of the Union." "This is the team that brought us out of the wilderness… into the land of milk and honey." This was a reference to Palosi et al. But, I sure have a different view, one that no longer allows me to vote a straight democratic ticket, like I did many elections. When is the democratic leadership going to get out of their limos and talk to us, and to see why they lost so many seats?

    November 14, 2010 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  12. ken

    This guy is just another Republican in disguise, he is controlled by the GOP, keep Pelosi at the helm.

    November 14, 2010 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  13. Aaron

    I've never been a big Pelosi fan, but she was the only Dem who got anything accomplished in the last 2 years, i.e. trying to fulfill the campaign promises. Now that Repubs have made her the brunt of their scorn, instead of fighting back, the Dems play along like Ms. Pelosi if the bad guy using their signs "Hire Pelosi," etc. Instead of playing along, the Dems should put up signs like Hire Palin, Hire the Billionaire Koch Brothers, Hire McConnell, Hire DeMint. They turn on their own instead. Obama and this bunch have absolutely no loyal to the hardest working one in their camp. I'd like to Shuler get legislation as big as health care reform and financial regulation through. I've got a feeling that he can run his big mouth, but never accomplish anything.

    November 14, 2010 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  14. America Shrugged

    We don't need more conservatism ( more tax cuts, less regulation ), we need more progressivism and get our infrastructure and education systems rebuilt so that we can create and sustain 21st century jobs.

    November 14, 2010 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  15. Ted

    Nancy is the only one that will go toe to toe with the Republicans and win. That's why they don't like her. Wake up Democrats.
    Grow a spine.

    November 14, 2010 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  16. Four and The Door

    Francisco Cardenas
    Pelosi is a true Democrat and Shuler is being ridiculous. It is democrats like him that have allowed the GOP to run the game.
    No, actually it is the poor results of Pelosi's odd ideas that have allowed the GOP to run the game.

    November 14, 2010 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  17. Tony

    If Democrats think that electing a conservative Democrat as the minority leader is going to help to appeal to more voters, they don't understand their problem. Their problem is not that they are too liberal. Their problem is that the voters think they are too liberal. And this is due to the success of Republicans' misinformation campaign. Despite the fact that Democrats had moved to the right- the health care reform bill was based on the Massachusetts health care bill passed by Mitt Romney in 2006 when he was the governor of Massachusetts, cap-and-trade was a Republican idea, and McCain co-sponsored a cap-and-trade legislation in 2008- Republicans have repudiated ideas that they had supported only a few years ago. In Republican thinking, anything Democrats do is too liberal, even when the ideas came from Republicans.

    November 14, 2010 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  18. carlos

    since the talipublicans like the words RAM IT, in the next two months, Speaker of the House, the Honorable Nancy Pelosi, please ram as much as you can into their DEEP throats, because that is when the american people will see that they are incompetent, inept, imbeciles and incapable of their own ideas or intelligent thinking, just read their Pledge for America, they had to hire a whole bunch of people to write it for them, not enough human flesh on these CONS.

    November 14, 2010 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  19. Calvin

    So a southern Democrat (aka Republican) wants to the lead the Dems to the promise land....what a joke!

    November 14, 2010 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  20. Marie MD

    so a dino is telling the REAL Democrats what to do and how to do it? Next time run what you really are . . . rethug!

    November 14, 2010 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |