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Another Democrat Won’t Commit Backing Pelosi If Dems Retake House in 2018

Brendan Kelly, who is running for Congress in 2018, wouldn’t commit to supporting 77-year-old Nancy Pelosi as his party’s leader in a recent interview.

Brendan Kelly, a Democrat who is running to represent Illinois’ 12th Congressional District, added his name to growing list of Democrats who are unwilling to say they will support House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) for Speaker if Democrats are successful in retaking the House of Representatives in 2018.

Kelly who currently serves as St. Clair County State’s Attorney is a former Navy officer is running against incumbent Rep. Mike Bost (R-ILRep. Mike Bost (R-IL) in 201and was featured in a USA Today article that centered on the new batch of Democrats running for office in 2018.

According to the USA Today report, Kelly declined to commit to supporting Pelosi as the leader of the party if Democrats retake the House.

“The party has lost its way in terms of acting on the economic concerns of people who, traditionally, the Democratic Party has fought for,” Kelly told USA Today during a 90-minute interview released on Tuesday.

Kelly is just the most recent Democrat to add his name to growing list Democrats who will not commit to supporting Pelosi as a leader or flat out refuse to support her.

Kansas Democrat Paul Davis in an interview said he would not vote for Pelosi as leader of the Democratic caucus if he is elected, while Rep. Filemon Vela (D-TX) has said on the record that there is “no way in hell” Democrats can retake the House with Pelosi in charge.