In the Sept. 1 Xpress interview with our ambitious Congressman, Heath Shuler [“Blue Dogs Rule?”], it seems [that he] wants to be the Speaker of the House when Congress next convenes.
Quoting [Xpress reporter Jake Frankel]: “Asked whether he supports Nancy Pelosi as Speaker of the House, Shuler expressed interest in running for the position himself.”
Later Shuler says: “So I haven’t ruled out the idea that I might not run [for Speaker].”
The current Speaker, Nancy Pelosi of San Fransisco, is a 23-year Congressional veteran; her predecessor Dennis Hastert served in Congress for 16 years. And before that we had Newt Gingrich, who was a 19-year veteran.
Shuler has spent a grand total of four years in the Congress. Other notable Speakers include the venerable Sam Rayburn, Tip O’Neil and Tom Foley.
The Speaker is elected by a majority vote of the Congress. Does Mr. Shuler really think that the liberal Democrat leadership is going to elect a two-term rookie to lead their party and create the left’s agenda for the next two years, or is this just a ploy to garner votes and play to his ego?
— J. P. Bailes III