Pittsburgh's Mike Doyle not only supported Nancy Pelosi as House Minority Leader, but he helped nominate her, his spokesman said today.
Pelosi defeated NC congressman Heath Shuler in a secret, 150-43 vote among House Democrats. McCandless Democrat Jason Altmire voted for Shuler, a fellow Blue Dog, over the former House Speaker, his spokeswoman said.
Johnstown Democrat Mark Critz also opposed Pelosi. Here's his statement: "I did not support Nancy Pelosi in her bid to become Minority Leader because the people of the 12th Congressional District, my constituents, want the Democratic Party to move in a direction that represents our western Pennsylvania values and priorities. I will continue to be an independent voice and my votes will continue to represent the best interests of my constituents."
The Washington Post said Pelosi was nominated by a quartet of lawmakers from around the country, while three Blue Dogs spoke on behalf of Shuler. (Doyle spokesman Matt Dinkel said the Forest Hills congressman formally nominated her, then other lawmakers spoke in her favor.)
We Pittsburghers know all about Nancy Pelosi of course -- more ads attacked her here this fall than in any TV market in the country.