Another Democrat Against Speaker Pelosi

By Jenny Schlesinger

Sep 28, 2010 12:30pm

ABC News' Jonathan Karl reports: Ravi Sangisetty is a Democrat running for a Congressional seat in Louisiana that has been in Democratic hands for six years, but if he wins, he will not vote for Nancy Pelosi to be Speaker of the House. “I believe Washington is broken, and it's time for new blood,” Sangisetty tells ABC News.  “I'm a pro-life, pro-gun, conservative Democrat.  Those are my values and the values of the people of my district. The speaker doesn't share those values.” Sangisetty is running for the House seat currently held by Democrat Charlie Melancon, who is running for Senate this year instead. Although Democrats have held the seat since January 2005, the district is conservative and Sangisetty is considered the underdog in the race. A handful of other Democrats have already declined to support Pelosi for another term as Speaker.  Brett Carter, a Democrat running to replace retiring Representative Barton Gordon (D-TN) recently went so far as ask Pelosi not to run again. “Voters in my district believe that you do not represent their values, and my opposition has little to offer apart from critiquing your leadership,” Carter wrote in a letter to Pelosi on September 16.  Carter said that if Pelosi announced her intention not to run again for Speaker, Republicans would be deprived of a major campaign issue. “If you were to make this choice and not seek the Speaker’s role, this difficult climate would be vastly improved – and would nullify millions of dollars of strategic messaging designed by the NRCC to defeat Democrats,” Carter wrote.  “We would leave our opponents weaponless and disarmed.” Asked for comment, Pelosi spokesman Brendan Daly told ABC News, "As the Speaker has said, we will not yield one grain of sand this election. Democrats will remain in the majority next year."

A Pelosi supporter added this:  “She's working very hard this cycle for members in difficult districts and enjoys broad support within the Caucus and she will remain Speaker.”

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