U.S. Rep. Heath Shuler will put his name forth on the House floor Wednesday as Speaker, continuing his pledge not to support Nancy Pelosi as the Democrats’ leader this Congress.
It’s unclear just how much support Shuler will get, but the effort continues his work to raise his profile as a conservative voice in the caucus.
Shuler, a Waynesville Democrat, is among several conservatives who blamed Pelosi for the party’s sweeping losses in November. The election decimated the membership of the moderate Blue Dog Caucus, of which Shuler is now co-chairman.
Shuler ran against Pelosi for minority leader in a closed-door Democratic caucus meeting in November. Then, he garnered 43 votes, including U.S. Reps. Larry Kissell of Biscoe and Mike McIntyre of Lumberton.
U.S. Rep. John Boehner, the Republicans’ leader, already is the Speaker-designate, but Wednesday’s vote makes it official. During the vote, each member announces his or her preference by name in a roll call of all 435 House members. Most Democrats are expected to support Pelosi.
Read our Sunday profile of the Blue Dog Caucus here.