Nancy Pelosi Prevails, Elected Minority Leader in 150 to 43 Vote
November 17, 2010
(ChattahBox Political News)— Despite the toothless Blue Dog revolt led by Rep. Heath Shuler (D-NC), Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) prevailed today in her bid to become House Minority Leader in a 150-43 vote. The election was not without a bit of drama. Earlier in the day, a coalition of House Democrats forced a vote to delay the voting. But it failed 129 to 68.
After her easy victory, challenger Heath Shuler, who previously bragged about calling Rep. Pelosi a loser to her face, acknowledged he never expected to win his bid to lead his Caucus, but wanted to ensure that centrist Democrats, whose numbers were whittled down considerably from electoral losses, had a say in policy making.
“It came out pretty much as we expected,” he told reporters, adding that “it wasn’t about winning the race, but it was about having a voice within our caucus.”
After a massive loss of 61 Democratic seats and a loss of the majority, Pelosi now has the difficult task of uniting her fractured Caucus, while pushing back against attempts by Republicans to roll back Democratic legislative reforms to healthcare and Wall Street.
But come 2011, Heath Shuler and his fellow Blue Dogs will have considerably less clout. And that’s a good thing.