Donnelly Tries to Fool South Bend Tribune – Indicates He Might Not Vote for Pelosi as Speaker UPDATED!
Posted by iusbvision on September 19, 2010
This reasoning gets a tad complex but it is important that you follow it.
Joe Donnelly campaigned as a pro-life conservative Democrat, a brand that he violated almost from day one when he got in office. Now as a campaign strategy he is pretending to run against Nancy Pelosi and Barack Obama whose agenda he well supported.
In his latest attempt to fool the local press and the public he now says that he may not support Nancy Pelosi for Speaker. This is pure nonsense.
First – Not even the Democrats expect to hold the House after 2010 so who he votes for as speaker will not matter. The Republicans will have the votes and Pence or Boehner will likely be speaker.
Second – In spite of what Pelosi says now before the election, with such a devesatating loss on her watch she is less likely to run for speaker.
Third – Rest assured if Pelosi runs to lead the Democrat Caucus she will win as she leads the fund raising from lobbyists and special interests for her caucus, much of that cash goes to committee chairs in the House and unless a member wants to be totally in the dog house and never see a piece of legislation get by committee said member will support who wins the caucus leadership vote, the winner of which will run for Speaker on behalf of the Democrats.
Fourth – This leaves Donnelly with a choice, to vote for Pelosi if she runs, or vote for the Republican (Pence or Boehner). This effectively forces you to switch parties and become a Republican. This is a vote that almost always is a straight party line vote, not voting with your party on the Speaker vote effectively expells you from your party. Botton line, if Pelosi runs Donnelly is voting for her period.
Fifth – While Donnelly runs ads saying he is against the Obama/Pelosi agenda he supported he is taking millions from that same Democrat leadership, its PACS and largest donors. He owes them.
Rep. Donnelly wavers on Pelosi support
SOUTH BEND — U.S. Rep. Joe Donnelly has voted for Nancy Pelosi to be speaker of the House during both of his terms in Congress.
But Donnelly, D-Granger, also has distanced himself from the Democratic speaker in two of his campaign ads this year. One ad highlights his differences with party leaders on immigration policy — he says he doesn’t work for “the Washington crowd” — and another calls cap-and-trade legislation “Nancy Pelosi’s energy tax on Hoosier families.”
So will Donnelly vote for Pelosi to be speaker for another two-year term if he’s re-elected in November?
He was noncommittal when asked that question Friday.
Donnelly wouldn’t say he’ll support Pelosi again as speaker, but he didn’t rule out the possibility of voting for her either.
“Well, I don’t know who the choices are going to be. I’ll take a look at that at the time,” he said at the South Bend Fire Department Central Station during a breakfast to benefit the Community Oriented Policing Leadership Council.
“I don’t know if she’ll run for re-election (as speaker), I don’t know if there will be somebody else,” he said, “so I don’t want to make any pre-judgments on that issue.”
UPDATE – AP: Vulnerable House Democrats work to hide party ties