A Democratic candidate for a House seat in Arizona has flipped against Rep. Nancy Pelosi, saying she now wants “new leadership” for the party.
Hiral Tipirneni, a doctor and cancer research advocate whose platform includes Medicare for all, said in April that she supported Pelosi, who wants to be Speaker of the House again should Democrats take back the House in November.
Asked on MSNBC if she thought “that Nancy Pelosi should be the speaker of the House if Democrats retake the majority?” Tipirneni said, “Well, look, if Nancy Pelosi is running and she supports Social Security and Medicare and she makes a commitment to that and she’s running against somebody who does not, I mean, of course I would support her.”
But that was April. She sang a different tune on Sunday when she appeared on a local TV show called “Politics Unplugged.”
Host Dennis Welch asked: “If you were elected, would you support Nancy Pelosi for the speakership? Or would you support somebody else?”
Said Tipirneni: “Look, I think it’s time for change, and that’s why I’m running. We’re tired of all the partisanship and obstructionism. I’m ready for new leadership on both sides of the aisle. I think it’s long overdue.”
A slew of Democrats have recently been moving away from the 78-year-old California Democrat. At least 20 Democrats have now said they won’t support her bid to be Speaker again, according to Politico.
“If the Democratic Party is going to earn back the trust of the American people then we need to show them that we are serious about changing our politics — and that means we need a change in leadership,” Max Rose, a Democrat running for a House seat in New York, told Politico.