Democratic Indiana congressional candidate won't support Pelosi

Democratic Indiana congressional candidate won't support Pelosi
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Democrat Liz Watson, who is challenging incumbent Rep. Trey HollingsworthJoseph (Trey) Albert HollingsworthThe 27 Republicans who voted with Democrats to block Trump from taking military action against Iran Overnight Defense: Woman accusing general of sexual assault willing to testify | Joint Chiefs pick warns against early Afghan withdrawal | Tensions rise after Iran tries to block British tanker House approves amendment to reverse transgender military ban MORE (R-Ind.), said on Sunday that she won't back House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiHouse Democrat pushes for censuring Trump in closed-door meeting Trump: I don't have a racist bone in my body Ocasio-Cortez responds to fresh criticism from Trump 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."

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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 TrumpEsper sidesteps question on whether he aligns more with Mattis or Trump Warren embraces Thiel label: 'Good' As tensions escalate, US must intensify pressure on Iran and the IAEA 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."