Congressional candidate Josh Welle joined the growing number of New Jersey House hopefuls that won’t back House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi if elected to Congress.
“Speaker Pelosi has been a strong public servant,” Welle said in a statement Friday. “But, it’s clear that Congress is not working for everyday people, and now is the time for new leadership in Washington with fresh ideas on moving our country forward and united.”
Welle, a long-shot candidate against popular nineteen-term Rep. Christopher Smith (R-Hamilton), is the fourth of a dozen Democratic congressional candidates in New Jersey that are on record as opposing Pelosi”s continued service in the House Democratic leadership.
Yesterday, State Sen. Jeff Van Drew (D-Dennis), considered the favorite in the second congressional district’s race, said that he would not back Pelosi for a House leadership position if he won his election.
Mikie Sherrill, the Democratic candidate in the 11th, said during her primary that she also would not back the veteran congresswoman.
The House hopefuls join Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-Paterson) in not backing Pelosi, but Pascrell is the only among them who has named a possible successor. The congressman is pushing Rep. Joe Crowley (D-New York) for House leadership.
Former Assistant U.S. Secretary of State Tom Malinowski, who is in a competitive race against Rep. Leonard Lance (R-Clinton) in the 7th district, declined to say he would oppose Pelosi when asked earlier this month.
“I completely understand the desire for younger leadership in the party. We have no idea who our candidates are going to be if I win this race, if we win control of the congress,” Malinowski said before a campaign rally in Union Monday. “If we get to that point, I’m going to come home to the district, I’m going to talk to people here about what they want to see, and I will reflect their will.”
Yesterday, Lance accused Malinowski of being tied to Pelosi because the California Democrat has delivered $14,000 to his campaign.