Thursday, September 16, 2010

GET LOST: Democratic Congressional candidate Brett Carter is asking Speaker Nancy Pelosi to step down

Democratic District 6 Congressional candidate Brett Carter is asking U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi to step aside for the good of Democratic candidates.

Carter, in an announcement made in Nashville on Thursday morning, said he sent a letter to Pelosi requesting her to step aside.
“I think it is incumbent on Speaker Pelosi to step aside,” Carter said.

Citing a report in the Murfreesboro Daily News Journal, where Carter was described to have an albatross around his neck in the form of Pelosi, said the divisiveness she generates hamstrings his and other Democratic candidates’ abilities to focus on the issues.

“I don’t believe my situation is unique,” Carter said.

If elected, Carter said he would not cast his vote for Nancy Pelosi to be speaker.

It is this first vote that Carter said many of the public is focused on, rather than his qualifications as a candidate.

"It is time that we show Washington and time we show America that we are prepared to lead going forward," Carter said.

In the release issued following Carter’s statement, he said Republicans are pointing at Speaker Pelosi as the “embodiment of our problems” and that Democrats can move forward with their agenda once they “take away that weapon.”

“Ultimately, I believe it is not me who should be saying this,” Carter said. “I’m going to be the kind of leader that says what needs to be said.”

Carter took no questions after the announcement, leaving for speaking engagements in Cookeville.

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