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Bright Is First House Dem to Say He Won't Back Pelosi

Bright Is First House Dem to Say He Won't Back Pelosi

By Scott Conroy - October 7, 2010


Rep. Bobby Bright (AL-2) on Thursday became the first House Democratic incumbent to say that he would not vote for Nancy Pelosi as Speaker if he is reelected and Democrats retain the majority.

"I am not going to vote for Nancy Pelosi as Speaker of the House. Neither the leader of the minority party, John Boehner, nor the present speaker, will get my vote," Bright told Montgomery station WSFA.

Bright added that he intended to cast his vote for a centrist "who is much more like me."

Other conservative Democratic incumbents in tough re-election battles have made statements that have fallen short of committing to vote for Pelosi as speaker of the 112th Congress, but Bright is the first to say that he would definitely not vote for Pelosi, the first female House speaker in U.S. history.

Pelosi -- who represents California's liberal 8th District in Congress, which encompasses most of San Francisco -- has been the source of a barrage of Republican attack ads this election cycle as GOP candidates attempt to align their Democratic opponents with the leader of a widely unpopular Congress.

Bright was narrowly elected to his first House term in 2008 after the district was controlled by Republicans since 1965. A member of the Blue Dog Coalition, Bright voted against both the economic stimulus and health care reform.

Bright is facing a difficult reelection fight against Republican Martha Roby, who has hit the Democrat with TV ads linking him to Pelosi.

RealClearPolitics rates the Alabama 2nd District race as a toss up.

In August, Bright apologized after he created controversy when he answered a question about whether he would vote for Pelosi as speaker by speculating that she might "get sick and die" before the opportunity arose for him to do so.

Scott Conroy is a national political reporter for RealClearPolitics. He can be reached at sconroy@realclearpolitics.com. Follow him on Twitter @RealClearScott.

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