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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.

By Rachel Weiner  | October 28, 2010; 5:36 PM ET
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Heath Shuler might not be a potential Speaker of the House but more because the Dems will be in the minority. And Steny Hoyer couldn't lead a horse with a carrot.

Posted by: buggerianpaisley1 | October 29, 2010 8:21 PM | Report abuse

Another testiment re the violence of football. Heath has obvisouly taken one too many blows to the head. Someone should tell him that the Republicans will be naming the next Speaker of the House.

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Posted by: itkonlyyou341 | October 29, 2010 11:10 AM | Report abuse

sorry dude, steny has it sown up

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