Washington • Rep. Jim Matheson says fellow Democrats should find someone other than House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to fill the minority leader job when Republicans take over the chamber in January.
"I think we just went through an election with a resounding result, the largest changeover since, what, 1948? I think when you go through that type of result, it's time to shake up," the Utah Democrat said in an interview two days after surviving a serious Republican challenge to his seat. "You've got to come up with a new lineup."
Matheson, the only remaining leader of the moderate Democratic caucus known as the Blue Dog Coalition, had said before the general election that he would consider not supporting Pelosi for speaker had the Democrats kept control of the House. Now that the GOP has cut down the Democrats ranks picking up 60-plus seats in the election Matheson said Pelosi needs to go.