Cun­ning­ham won’t back Pelosi “un­der any cir­cum­stance.”

The State (Sunday) - - Front Page - BY MEG KINNARD

South Carolina’s new­est con­gres­sional Demo­crat is stand­ing by his pledge not to sup­port Nancy Pelosi for speaker of the House.

Con­gress­man-elect Joe Cun­ning­ham’s cam­paign con­firmed to The As­so­ci­ated Press that he is “a man of his word and will keep the prom­ise he made to vot­ers and will not vote for Nancy Pelosi for Speaker un­der any cir­cum­stance,” Cun­ning­ham spokesman Tyler Jones said.

Cun­ning­ham’s stance is in ad­di­tion to pub­lic vows by at least eight sit­ting House Democrats and two new rep­re­sen­ta­tives who told Politico they will vote against Pelosi on the floor.

Cun­ning­ham nar­rowly de­feated Repub­li­can Katie Ar­ring­ton in Tues­day’s gen­eral elec­tion, be­com­ing the first Demo­crat to rep­re­sent South Carolina’s 1st Dis­trict in more than 30 years. Ar­ring­ton tried to tie Cun­ning­ham to Pelosi dur­ing the cam­paign, but the ocean en­gi­neer came out early with his op­po­si­tion to Pelosi’s lead­er­ship and is stand­ing by it.

Asked whom Cun­ning­ham would sup­port in­stead, Jones said the in­com­ing rep­re­sen­ta­tive “be­lieves Congress needs new lead­er­ship in the Speaker’s of­fice and he looks for­ward to dis­cussing the lead­er­ship elec­tions with his col­leagues in Wash­ing­ton next week dur­ing ori­en­ta­tion.”

Jones clar­i­fied Satur­day that Cun­ning­ham in­tends to sup­port an­other speaker can­di­date, rather than sim­ply ab­stain­ing from the vote, “but that will de­pend on who, if any­one, runs.”

Ar­ring­ton ousted U.S. Rep. Mark San­ford for the Repub­li­can nom­i­na­tion in June.

MIC SMITH AP

Demo­crat Joe Cun­ning­ham speaks dur­ing his vic­tory press con­fer­ence at the In­ter­na­tional Long­shore­men's As­so­ci­a­tion hall in Charles­ton Wed­nes­day.

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