Shuler Plans Symbolic Challenge To Pelosi's Leadership

01/04/2011 06:37 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Rep. Heath Shuler plans to vote for himself rather than Rep. Nancy Pelosi during Wednesday's floor vote for Speaker, and he predicted Monday that Democratic colleagues who are similarly displeased with her past leadership as Speaker would back him as well.

Shuler and some other House Democrats blame Pelosi for the drubbing their party took in the midterm elections, and they accuse the Californian of not being responsive to moderate Democrats, who suffered significant losses in the election. "I personally feel and I think others still feel like, even after what happened in the last election, we're still not being heard," the North Carolina Democrat said Monday. "The American people heard it. That's for sure. ... We think we represent the masses."

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