Democratic Indiana congressional candidate won't support Pelosi

Democratic Indiana congressional candidate won't support Pelosi
© Greg Nash

Democrat Liz Watson, who is challenging incumbent Rep. Trey HollingsworthJoseph (Trey) Albert HollingsworthOvernight Defense: House votes to block Trump arms sales to Saudis, setting up likely veto | US officially kicks Turkey out of F-35 program | Pentagon sending 2,100 more troops to border House votes to block Trump's Saudi arms sale The 27 Republicans who voted with Democrats to block Trump from taking military action against Iran MORE (R-Ind.), said on Sunday that she won't back House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiCummings to lie in state at the Capitol House Republicans 'demand the release of the rules' on impeachment Overnight Health Care — Presented by National Taxpayers Union —Dem wants more changes to Pelosi drug pricing bill | Ebola outbreak wanes, but funding lags | Johnson & Johnson recalls batch of baby powder after asbestos traces found MORE (D-Calif.) if she's elected in November.

Watson told CBS 4 in Indianapolis that she would not cast her vote for the long-time Democratic leader "because we need new leadership in Washington."

"I won't vote for Nancy Pelosi because we need new leadership in Washington," Watson said. "I've been out across the district listening to folks and they know that Washington is broken; they know that it is a system that needs to change."


Watson is the latest Democratic congressional hopeful to distance herself from Pelosi, whose leadership has become a key target for Republicans in the midterm elections.

So far, more than two dozen Democrats running for the House have said they do not plan to back the California Democrat.

Watson is challenging Hollingsworth, who first entered Congress last year, to represent Indiana's 9th District. President TrumpDonald John TrumpFlorida GOP lawmaker says he's 'thinking' about impeachment Democrats introduce 'THUG Act' to block funding for G-7 at Trump resort Kurdish group PKK pens open letter rebuking Trump's comparison to ISIS MORE won the district in 2016 by nearly 27 points.

But Democrats are targeting the race, going after Hollingsworth as a detached politician who only moved to the district from Tennessee in 2015 to pick up the House seat.

Watson went after the freshman representative over that move on Sunday.

"Trey Hollingsworth is not a Hoosier. He's from Tennessee," she said. "He moved here because he thought this was a convenient seat in Congress to buy."