Ex-football pro Heath Shuler hopes to sack Nancy Pelosi
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It’s Rep. Heath Shuler, a relatively conservative lawmaker from North Carolina who avoided the Election Day ouster suffered by many “Blue Dog” Democrats trying to hang onto their seats in red districts where tea party-inspired Republicans were victorious.
The first woman to hold the most senior position in the House, Pelosi is acknowledged to be one of the most effective Speakers in congressional history – both in terms of organizing her party’s troops and in getting her agenda passed.
But that also made her a big, fat political target for Republicans (and especially tea partyers), for whom “Fire Pelosi” became a campaign rallying cry.
Some moderate-to-conservative House members have privately said they’d prefer a less politically-toxic minority leader to bring them back from the wilderness. But most senior House Democrats have lined up behind her, and the party avoided an in-house fight between Reps. Steny Hoyer and James Clyburn over the number two slot by creating a new position for Clyburn, making him the third-ranking Democrat in the House behind Pelosi and Hoyer.