Rep. Bobby Bright (AL-2) on Thursday became the first House Democratic incumbent to say that he would not vote for Nancy Pelosi as Speaker if he is reelected and Democrats retain the majority.
"I am not going to vote for Nancy Pelosi as Speaker of the House. Neither the leader of the minority party, John Boehner, nor the present speaker, will get my vote," Bright told Montgomery station WSFA.
Bright added that he intended to cast his vote for a centrist "who is much more like me."
Other conservative Democratic incumbents in tough re-election battles have made statements that have fallen short of committing to vote for Pelosi as speaker of the 112th Congress, but Bright is the first to say that he would definitely not vote for Pelosi, the first female House speaker in U.S. history.
Ultimately, if Pelosi wins the backing of the caucus, Bright’s non-vote on the House floor would be as good as a vote for John Boehner. So, in what sense of the word would he still be a Democrat?
I guess that is the strategy you have to pursue this cycle if you're a Democratic congressman from Montgomery, Alabama. Of course, it raises an important question: if Pelosi is such a terrible choice, why did Bright vote for her in January 2009?