Yarmuth on Pelosi: Not the best communicator but he'll still support her

11/05/2010 07:02 PM

Democratic U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth told Pure Politics on Friday that he’ll support Nancy Pelosi is she runs for Democratic leader but that she doesn’t necessarily have the best skill-set for it.

Pelosi, while this interview was being taped, sent out a message on her Twitter account that she is running for Democratic leader, as the Washington Post reported.

On Thursday, he told reporters he thought Pelosi should step aside in the Democratic leadership race and not run for minority leader. He explained why on Pure Politics.

“It looks to me like the minority leader’s major role is as a communicator. And that’s not Nancy’s best skill,” Yarmuth said.

Yarmuth said he thought Maryland Rep. Steny Hoyer, who has been the No. 2 Democrat, would be a better choice. But he said he hadn’t spoken to Pelosi and would back her if she ran again.

But Friday afternoon, Yarmuth issued a statement saying “I will support Nancy Pelosi as House Democratic leader in the 112th Congress.”

Speaker Pelosi has proven time and time again that she is able to build consensus in a caucus comprised of members from all across the ideological spectrum. Her dedication to advancing policies that improve the lives of all Americans is clearly evident in the significant legislative accomplishments that have been achieved with her as Speaker

In one of the most emphatic defenses of Democratic leaders in anyone’s speeches on Tuesday night, Yarmuth said Pelosi “ought to take a victory lap with me” after he won re-election by nearly 11 points. Pelosi was often a main target of Yarmuth’s Republican opponent, Todd Lally.

Here’s Yarmuth’s take on the leadership race and the upcoming atmosphere in Washington:

- Ryan Alessi

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