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Two more Democratic congressmen who represent Central Georgia have joined the groundswell against House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

John Barrow and Sanford Bishop both say they won't back Nancy Pelosi's bid for Democratic leader in the U.S. House.

Both supported Pelosi in her two successful runs for House speaker.

Barrow, the 12th District congressman, was prodded about Pelosi by his Republican opponent, Ray McKinney, during the recent campaign.

His spokeswoman, Jane Brodsky, sent the Savannah Morning
News a statement on Thursday, saying Barrow will not support Pelosi for Democratic leader, nor will he vote for her as speaker.

With Republicans in control of the new Congress, Rep. John Boehner of Ohio is expected to succeed Pelosi as speaker.

The Associated Press reports that Brodsky did not respond when asked why Barrow would not support Pelosi.

Meanwhile, the Albany Herald reported this week that Bishop told Pelosi this week that he would not support her.

"I have nothing against Speaker Pelosi; she has worked tirelessly to bring Democrats together," the Second District congressman  told the newspaper.  "But given the fact that we suffered substantial losses in the election, I think a new face is needed for leadership of the Democratic Caucus. I am part of a group looking for an alternative.

"I've had a number of my constituents and supporters ask me to help change the face of the party, and I am listening to my constituents."

Bishop won re-election last week by 5,000 votes; Barrow by about 22,000.

Eighth District congressman Jim Marshall announced last month that if re-elected, he would not support Pelosi. He lost his re-election bid to Tifton Republican Austin Scott.

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