‘Pelosi is not (Dems’) problem,’ Doyle says
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Friday she plans to run for minority leader, a decision that split some of Western Pennsylvania’s House Democrats.
Republicans, who won control of the House in the election, used Pelosi’s name and image in campaign ads against Democrats across the country, including Reps. Jason Altmire of McCandless, Mark Critz of Johnstown and Kathy Dahlkemper of Erie.
Altmire and Critz won re-election Tuesday, but Butler Republican Mike Kelly beat Dahlkemper.
Democratic Rep. Mike Doyle of Forest Hills said Pelosi, the first female speaker, is an effective leader and was unfairly demonized.
“If she runs, she wins, and that would be fine with me,” Doyle said two days before Pelosi announced her decision. “… They tried to demonize the president and that didn’t work, so they moved on to Nancy and, for some reason, that stuck.
“Nancy Pelosi is not our problem. We didn’t do a good enough job explaining (Democratic accomplishments) to the American people.”
Altmire said he wouldn’t vote for Pelosi as leader, even if Democrats had retained control of the House.
“I don’t know if there’s going to be another candidate or not, but I’m not going to vote for her,” he said. “I would like to see a moderate, someone who understands why the (election) results occurred in the first place. I don’t believe Speaker Pelosi fits that description.”
Critz and Dahlkemper could not be reached.