Bright told POLITICO in a statement: “Washington is broken. The leadership of both parties is too divisive, and our country is paying the price. Neither the speaker nor the Republican leader has displayed the type of bipartisan cooperation required to build consensus and move our country forward.”
“As a result, we must look elsewhere for leadership. I cannot support either candidate for speaker and would like to vote for a conservative centrist who has a track record of bridging divides. Putting an end to partisan politics shouldn’t have to wait any longer,” added Bright.
Bright is the first Democratic incumbent to say outright that he would not vote for Pelosi, though earlier this summer, North Carolina Rep. Heath Shuler told constituents — perhaps jokingly —that he was thinking about running for speaker himself.