Dem Candidate on Supporting Pelosi as Leader: 'Probably Not'

August 9, 2018

Democratic congressional candidate Rashida Tiaib said on Thursday that she will probably not support House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) if Democrats were to take back control of the House of Representatives after the midterm elections.

CNN host John Berman asked Tiaib, who's running in Michigan's 13th Congressional District, about one of her past comments that stated the new rising stars of the Democratic party like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez are going to get rid of the "sellouts" in the Democratic party.

"Last spring when you were running, you said we are changing the Democrat party, getting rid of Democratic sellouts. Who are the sellouts?" Berman asked.

"I don't know, but I can tell you this, the number one thing I was asked at the door was 'will you sell us out,'" Tiaib responded.

"You must have had someone in mind there," Berman insisted.

"Some of my opponents that support large tax breaks for a hockey stadium downtown that took away millions of dollars from schools," she said, "watching my neighborhood schools close down ... It's been really hard to see those public monies shift away from schools and city services and to for-profit development. To me that is against the Democratic values, and to me, that is selling out."

Berman then asked if she planned on supporting Pelosi to be the leader of the Democratic caucus.

"Probably not," Tiaib answered. "Probably not, that's my answer."

Berman asked her to explain why she wouldn't support Pelosi.

"For me I need someone that is connected with the different levels of poverty and the fact that there are structures and barriers, for working families in my district that need to be dismantled. And supporting big banks and supporting efforts that I don't think put the people first is troubling," Tiaib explained. "And people right here at home in Detroit, they don't feel like they're being heard and I think that starts at the top."

"Is she one of those people you're preferring to as a Democratic sellout?" Berman asked.

"Look, I don't know," Tiaib responded. "All I can tell you, she doesn't speak about the issues that are important to the families of the 13th Congressional District."

Numerous Democratic candidates running for office has said they wouldn't support Pelosi if they win their election.