Rep. Joseph Cao (R-La.) said he's not committing to either party leader in the House right now as the chamber's next Speaker.

Cao, the unlikely Republican lawmaker from a deep-blue district in New Orleans, said he'd weigh equally the candidacies of John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) for Speaker.

"I have not heard of their platforms. I have not read what they're looking for with respect to the country," Cao said at a candidate forum over the weekend, as reported by the New Orleans Times-Picayune. "So I will weigh those names, if those are the two names, and I will weigh them equally like I weigh other issues."

Cao is in a unique position as one of the few Republicans this cycle facing a tough reelection challenge. He won against the scandal-plagued Rep. William Jefferson (D-La.) in the heavily Democratic district in 2008 — even more of a political anomaly, considering the strong Democratic tailwinds in that cycle.

It's the character of his district that makes it difficult for Cao to cozy up to Boehner, the would-be Speaker if Republicans win back control of the House on Nov. 2.

"I will weigh those two names," he said in reference to Boehner and Pelosi, the current Democratic House Speaker.

In his two years in office, Cao had been assiduously courted by President Obama and Democrats on some key political issues, with some success. The Republican sided with the president on repealing "Don't ask, don't tell," and on the first vote for healthcare reform in the House.

But Obama's cut an ad for Cao's challenger, Cedric Richmond (D), a move Cao said had "hurt" him.