Heath Shuler touts himself for Speaker of the House
In a radio debate Wednesday, Congressman (and former football player) Heath Shuler (D-N.C.) not only said he would not support Nancy Pelosi for speaker, he said he might challenge her for the spot. It's an extreme version of the sort of Pelosi-bashing that's become a trend among vulnerable Democrats this cycle.
"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 said.
"If she's there you wouldn't vote for her; you'd vote for yourself?
"I don't know how any clearer I can be," Shuler replied. "I can do as good a job as anybody in the U.S. Congress because I can actually bring people together. I can bring people together to the table to talk about the issues and not about the political structure and that's what destroying the whole process in Washington - the politics."
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee just went on the air in Shuler's district. It has spent $231,112 defending him this year. He's a member of the conservative Blue Dog caucus and took his seat in the 2006 Democratic wave; since then, he's kept a pretty low profile. Hailed as a savior when he was drafted by the Washington Redskins in 1994, Shuler never lived up to the hype.
| October 28, 2010; 5:36 PM ET
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