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 HollingsworthGOP gambles with Pelosi in opposing Jan. 6 commission The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Senate path uncertain after House approves Jan. 6 panel Hillicon 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 MORE (R-Ind.), said on Sunday that she won't back House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiJudge to hear Trump's case against Jan. 6 committee in November Kamala Harris engages with heckler during New York speech GOP lawmaker calls for Meghan, Harry to lose royal titles over paid leave push 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 TrumpHillicon Valley — Presented by Xerox — Twitter's algorithm boosts right-leaning content, internal study finds Ohio Democrat calls Vance an 'ass----' over Baldwin tweet Matt Taibbi says Trump's rhetoric caused public perception of US intelligence services to shift 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."