In the latest sign that some moderate Democratic incumbents want Nancy Pelosis speakership to come to an end, Pennsylvania Rep. Jason Altmire said the dynamics of the next Congress would certainly necessitate new leadership in the Speakers position.The sophomore Democratic lawmaker, who was part of the 40-plus class of Majority Makers that helped Democrats rise to power in 2006, stopped short of ruling out a vote for Pelosi for Speaker, but he said he would prefer that she step aside from the outset. I hope that she is not a candidate for Speaker, he said. I dont think the issues that shes pursued are good for the district I represent. Altmire, who is facing a GOP challenge from Pittsburgh lawyer Keith Rothfus in the competitive 4th district, said Pelosi is too partisan to be an effective Speaker if Democrats have a slimmer majority.Altmires comments came on the heels of statements from a trio of endangered moderate Democrats Alabamas Bobby Bright, Georgias Jim Marshall, and North Carolinas Mike McIntyre who have said publicly in recent days that they would not vote again for Pelosi for Speaker. More than a dozen other incumbent Democrats have refused to commit to voting for her or have declined to discuss the matter.In response to McIntyres statement last week that he would not support Pelosi, the Speakers spokesman, Nadeam Elshami, said Tuesday, The Speakers focus is on Democrats winning the election and retaining the majority, which we will.Like a lot of other Democrats, Altmire has been keeping his distance from Pelosi on the campaign trail. His first campaign ad this cycle quoted district residents saying they liked that he was not afraid to stand up to Pelosi and President Barack Obama.And when Pelosi was in Pittsburgh on Monday for a high-profile speech at the United Steelworkers Women of Steel conference, Altmire was campaigning in a faraway part of his district. Rothfus, meanwhile, joined roughly 40 protesters at the state Republican Partys Fire Pelosi protest, according to a report in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.