Rashida Tlaib, a Democrat running for Congress in Michigan, said she will “probably not” support House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi for speaker if Democrats take control of the House of Representatives.
Tlaib is on track to be the first Muslim woman in Congress and is running in Michigan’s heavily-blue 13th district.
CNN’s John Berman asked Tlaib on Thursday morning if she would support a Pelosi bid for speaker. Tlaib said she would “probably not” support Pelosi because of the Democratic leader’s coziness with big banks. (RELATED: Democratic Congressional Candidate Campaigns On Opposition To Pelosi)
“Look, I think for me, I need someone that, again, is just connected with the different levels of poverty that’s going on, the fact that there are structures and barriers for working families in my district that need to be dismantled. And supporting big banks and supporting efforts that I don’t think put the people first is troubling,” Tlaib explained.
“I need somebody that fully understands why I am so passionate about those issues, why I’m so eager to make sure that their voices are heard, and people right here at home in Detroit … they don’t feel like they’re being heard and I think that starts at the top with leadership,” Tlaib added.
Tlaib would not say whether or not she thinks Pelosi is a Democratic “sell-out.”