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Aug 26, 2010 11:52 AM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

Conservative Democrat jokes that Pelosi might die

An Alabama Democrat insists he was joking when he said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi might get sick and die before he has to decide whether to vote for her as leader again next year.

The Montgomery Advertiser reports that Rep. Bobby Bright was speaking at a Chamber of Commerce event in Montgomery Wednesday when he was asked about his oft-criticized decision to support her as party leader after his 2008 election.

Trying to deflect the issue, Bright said Pelosi could lose her election, decide against running for speaker again, or get sick and die.

The paper said Bright made it clear he was joking, and the remark drew laughter from the crowd.

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