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Ex-football pro Heath Shuler hopes to sack Nancy Pelosi

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(Read caption) Rep. Heath Shuler, D-N.C., greets supporters at his campaign's election return party in Asheville, N.C., Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2010. Shuler challenged Rep. Nancy Pelosi as Democratic leader in the House of Representatives.

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It looks like soon-to-be-ex-Speaker Nancy Pelosi has a challenger to her position as head of beleaguered Democrats in the House of Representatives.

It’s Rep. Heath Shuler, a relatively conservative lawmaker from North Carolina who avoided the Election Day ouster suffered by many “Blue Dog” Democrats trying to hang onto their seats in red districts where tea party-inspired Republicans were victorious.

“It will be very tough,” Shuler acknowledged to the Clay County Progress newspaper in his home state. “It is probably a race we can’t win. But we need a moderate voice in the Democratic Party.”

He’ll no doubt elaborate when he appears on CNN's "State of the Union" Sunday and then on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" on Monday. But he’s right about his chances of ousting Pelosi.

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