By Mike Lillis - 10/21/10 08:08 PM EDT
Rep. Jim Marshall (D-Ga.) said this week that Rep. Nancy Pelosi's (D-Calif.) handling of healthcare reform was the last straw influencing his decision to oppose her as speaker if the Democrats keep control of the House.
"I have been disappointed for some time by the process that we've been following which is not very inclusive," Marshall told Fox News on Thursday. "We're not following regular order. And then [I was] very disappointed by some of the outcomes.
"The healthcare bill is probably the straw that broke the camel's back," he said. "We had an opportunity there to get costs under control, which is critically important to the nation. [We] didn't take that opportunity, so I think change is in order."
Facing tough reelections this campaign season, a number of Democrats in conservative districts have tried to distance themselves from Pelosi, a California liberal who's been a lightning rod of criticism from the right. But only a handful have said out loud that they'd vote against Pelosi if the party retains its House majority following the elections.
Last week, Marshall added his name to that short list.
Not that the Georgia Blue Dog is any stranger to bucking the Democratic leadership. He voted against both the climate-change bill and the health-reform law, and he was just one of two Democrats to oppose the 2009 reauthorization of the State Children's Health Insurance Program.
The Cook Political Report, an election handicapper, rates Marshall's race a toss-up.