House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has her hands full trying to prevent a GOP takeover of Congress in the Nov. 2 elections.
But now she's also facing a revolt in her own party.
The New York Times reports that the Pelosi is increasingly unpopular on the campaign trail, where fellow Democrats are seemingly distancing themselves from her.
“Pelosi was never my choice for speaker,” Rep. Jim Marshall, D-Ga., said at the Georgia National Fair.
Marshall is in a tough re-election campaign. He is even taking out ads bashing the “San Francisco Democrat” Pelosi and proudly declares he voted with Republicans 65 percent of the time.
But Marshall doesn’t admit in his TV ads that he actually voted for Pelosi as House Speaker.
He’s singing a different tune now, saying she wouldn't get his vote again.
Marshall’s Republican challenger, Austin Scott, says Marshall’s Pelosi tirade is a cynical ploy.
He notes that Democrat Marshall voted for Pelosi’s $787 billion stimulus program and for the TARP bailouts for Wall Street.
The Times also notes that Rep. Bobby Bright, D-Ala., also is trying to separate himself from Pelosi, airing an ad that says voters in his district “don’t want a liberal running the House.”
Bright also has stated that he won't vote for Pelosi as speaker if Democrats retain control of the House.
Bright’s Republican opponent, Martha Roby, slammed Bright’s new position.
Like Marshall, Bright had voted for Pelosi when she ran for Speaker.
In TV ads flooding his district, Bright even includes images of Republican minority leader John Boehner. The ad states that he votes with Republicans 85 percent of the time.
“Actions speak louder than words, and Democrat Bobby Bright’s first act as a newly elected congressman was to vote to empower San Francisco liberal Nancy Pelosi as the speaker of the House, a vote he called a ‘no-brainer,’” Roby responded in a statement. “In the two years since that vote, Speaker Pelosi has used her power to ram through a government takeover of health care, the stimulus bill, cap-and-tax and billions of dollars of government spending and debt.”
Meanwhile, Pelosi is being diplomatic about the apparent defections, the Times reports.
But her answer suggests the distancing act may be a bit of Mutt and Jeff routine to help Democrats keep several close seats.
“I just want them to win,” she said during an appearance on PBS' “NewsHour.” “They know their districts. They are great communicators, very eloquent communicators to their own constituents.”
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