Rep. Heath Shuler (D-NC) is setting the stage for an official challenge to Nancy Peolsi’s bid to lead the Democratic minority in the next Congress. Shuler, a moderate from the North Carolina mountains, will make his intentions official on the national stage this weekend, The Hill reports.
Shuler pitched himself as a moderate alternative to Pelosi as leader of the House caucus before she officially announced her run for Minority Leader in the next Congress.
Now, with most observers thinking Pelosi has the position locked up, Shuler appears ready to make good on his promise to take her on.
He “is scheduled to address his leadership plans during appearances on CNN’s ‘State of the Union’ Sunday and MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” program on Monday,” The Hill’s Mike O’Brien reports.
Even Shuler says he’s the under(blue)dog in a battle against Pelosi for House Democratic leader. He told one local paper in his district that “it is probably a race we can’t win.”