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 HollingsworthHillicon Valley: Twitter flags Trump campaign tweet of Biden clip as manipulated media | Democrats demand in-person election security briefings resume | Proposed rules to protect power grid raise concerns Lawmakers call for bipartisan push to support scientific research The Hill's 12:30 Report: Presidential race tightens in key states MORE (R-Ind.), said on Sunday that she won't back House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiOvernight Health Care: Moderna to apply for emergency use authorization for COVID-19 vaccine candidate | Hospitals brace for COVID-19 surge | US more than doubles highest number of monthly COVID-19 cases House Democrats urge congressional leaders to support .1B budget for IRS Bipartisan Senate group holding coronavirus relief talks amid stalemate 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 TrumpGeraldo Rivera on Trump sowing election result doubts: 'Enough is enough now' Murkowski: Trump should concede White House race Scott Atlas resigns as coronavirus adviser to Trump 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."