‘I am declaring my independence from the special interests and knee jerk party loyalty…’
(Joshua Paladino, Liberty Headlines) A North Carolina Democratic House candidate in a crucial swing district said she would not support House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California to be Speaker of the House if Democrats win a majority in November.
Kathy Manning, from Greensboro, donated to Pelosi in the past, but she said Republicans and Democrats have to support new leadership in the next Congress.
“I cannot vote for more of the same, and I cannot support Nancy Pelosi or Paul Ryan to lead Congress. We need fresh faces and bold ideas leading both parties,” Manning wrote, according to the Charlotte Observer. “The only way to change Washington is to change who’s in charge of Washington. For July 4th, I am declaring my independence from the special interests and knee jerk party loyalty.”
Manning will face Rep. Ted Budd, a freshman Republican from Davie County, in North Carolina’s 13th District race.
Manning has supported Democrats her whole life, giving them more than $200,000 since 2000, according to the Federal Election Commission.
She gave $1,500 to Pelosi’s campaign between 2002 and 2004.
House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, will not run for reelection in 2018, so Republicans will have to choose a new speaker.
Pelosi will likely run for speaker if Democrats take control in 2019.
Democrats in swing districts have voiced their opposition to another Pelosi speakership, as she garnered a mere 29 percent approval rating, according to a Gallup poll.
She called for an end to partisan politics in her Independence Day post on Medium.
“The whole system is broken, and that applies to the Democrats, too,” Manning wrote. “I’m a Democrat and have supported Democrats my entire life. But we are at a crisis point in our country and both parties are to blame.”