First Muslim woman set for Congress ‘probably’ won’t vote for Pelosi as leader

First Muslim woman set for Congress ‘probably’ won’t vote for Pelosi as leader
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Michigan Democratic nominee Rashida Tlaib, who is set to become the first Muslim woman in Congress, on Thursday said she will "probably not" back House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiOn The Money: Deficit hits six-year high of 9 billion | Yellen says Trump attacks threaten Fed | Affordable housing set for spotlight in 2020 race Deficit hits six-year high of 9 billion: Treasury GOP has not done a good job of selling economic achievements, says ex-Trump adviser MORE (D-Calif.) for leadership. 

"She doesn’t speak about the issues that are important to [Michigan's] 13th Congressional District, and they are a priority for me," Tlaib said on CNN's "New Day."

"I need someone that ... is connected with the different levels of poverty going on, the fact that there are structures and barriers for families in my district that need to be dismantled," Tlaib continued. 


Tlaib, 42, who is nearly certain to win her district, said her constituents feel unheard and underrepresented. 

"At this point, even people right at here at home in Detroit … they don’t feel like they’re being heard, and I think that starts at the top with leadership," Tlaib said.

The Michigan Democrat joins more than 20 other congressional candidates across the country who have said they would not vote for Pelosi if elected to the House.

Most of these candidates, framing themselves as insurgents in a party that is not progressive enough, have associated Pelosi with the Democratic establishment, claiming the 78-year-old is out of touch. 

Pelosi has served as the minority leader for seven years. 

"I need somebody who fully understands why I’m so passionate about those issues, why I’m so eager to make sure their voices are heard," Tlaib said on Thursday. 

Tlaib defeated five other Democratic candidates in the state's Democratic primary on Tuesday. No Republicans or third-party candidates ran against her, meaning she is expected to go to Congress after the November election.