ABC News’ Michelle Dubert reports:
Tennessee Democrat Roy Herron is not likely to make fast friends with Nancy Pelosi should he get elected to the House next month.
The Tennessee state legislator said that he will not support Nancy Pelosi for Speaker if the Democrats maintain control of the House. Herron joins a growing list of Democratic candidates who have either turned against Pelosi or are refusing to say whether they would get behind her speakership in the new Congressional session.
Herron, who is running to replace retiring Rep. John Tanner (D) in Tennessee’s 8th district, told a crowd at Union University in Jackson, Tenn. Monday night that he would not support Pelosi or House Republican leader John Boehner, R-Ohio, for speaker, calling both “too extreme.”
"The people of my district are independent-minded folks who put patriotism above partisanship and are not looking to hire a yes-man for either party,” Herron said in a statement on Tuesday that confirmed neither Pelosi nor Boehner would get his support.
When asked if Herron had an alternative in mind for speaker, his campaign spokesman Brandon Puttbrese said that “hasn’t been a topic for conversation.”
The move could be construed as a Hail Mary attempt to woo independent and undecided voters in a campaign that seems all but lost to Democrats. The Hotline reported today that the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee cut a significant chunk of its ads on Herron’s behalf in the district.
While hardly a chorus at this point, several other Democrats locked in tight races this election season have also said they would not vote for Pelosi.
Last week Democratic Rep. Bobby Bright, D-Ala., who occupies a seat highly coveted by the GOP, said that he would not support Pelosi again. Rep. Gene Taylor, D-Miss., who has seen his race tighten in recent weeks, has not directly stated that he would vote against Pelosi, but cagily said Democratic Rep. Ike Skelton, D-Mo., would be his choice for the post. Embattled Reps. Chet Edwards, D-Tex., Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., and Walt Minnick, D-Idaho, have also declined to say whether they would vote for Pelosi and have sought to distance themselves from her on the campaign trail.
Herron is running against Republican Stephen Fincher in a contest that ABC News lists as “Lean Republican.”