Politics Daily reports that North Carolina Democrat Rep. Heath Shuler says he may run for Speaker against Nancy Pelosi if his party keeps control of the House. The disclosure came in his debate with Republican opponent Jeff Miller:
During the debate, Shuler said, "If there is no viable alternative [to Pelosi], I will be running for speaker of the house."
Later, Miller pressed the congressman for details. "You're saying you would not vote for Nancy Pelosi for speaker?" Miller said.
"If that's the alternative, I will be voting for myself," Shuler answered.
"If she's there, you wouldn't vote for her? You'd vote for yourself?" Miller clarified.
Shuler replied, "I don't know how I can be any clearer. I can do as good a job as anybody in the U.S. Congress, because I can actually bring people together."
Explaining why she has refused to debate her Republican challenger, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said that raising money for Democratic candidates "across the country" is a higher priority for her."
A video posted at Republican John Dennis's Web site, shows Pelosi being asked, ""Would you be open to debating your Republican opponent John Dennis in San Francisco?"
Pelso reponds: "Let me tell you what my priorities are. My priorities are to elect a Democratic Congress. In order to do that, it is essential for me - time is money for me. [Traveling] around this country, to amass the resources to put my candidates on TV. Whether I get a bigger majority or not in my district is not the point."
Dennis first requested a debate with Pelosi a month ago, and recorded a humorous video about her refusal to debate:
A campaign video for Republican John Dennis, challenging House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in California's 8th District, has been removed from YouTube.com.
The ad, which depicted Pelosi as the Wicked Witch of the West, went "viral" after being linked by the Drudge Report, and had gotten more than 600,000 page views. The video was removed after complaints of copyright infringement from EMI Publishing, which holds rights to the musical "The Wizard of Oz."
One legal source familiar with the case said the copyright-infringement claim was "sub-frivolous," as the video was protected under the "fair use" doctrine.
This was taken on a pretty busy thoroughfare in south Raleigh. The three Democrat congressmen listed on the sign -- Bob Etheridge, Brad Miller and David Price -- all have significant portions of their districts in North Carolina's state capital.