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Dem congressman jokes about Pelosi's death

Conservative Democratic Rep. Bobby Bright, who's facing a tough race for his congressional seat in Alabama, undoubtedly wants to put a little distance between himself and the national Democratic Party. After all, President Obama won just 37% in the district in 2008.

But is this a little too much distance?

The Montgomery Advertiser reports:

Bright, who is in his first year in Congress and facing a battle against Montgomery City Councilwoman Martha Roby this fall, joked that Pelosi might lose her own election, decide not to run for the speaker’s job or otherwise not be available.

He suggested, jokingly he insisted to his audience, that Pelosi could fall ill and die in coming months. That remark drew laughter from the crowd.

Greg Sargent called the paper's reporter, Cosby Woodruff, to get more on the context of Bright's remarks. "He had been asked a question from the audience about his support for Pelosi," Woodruff told Sargent. "He said, `Let's wait until that comes up. He listed a long list of reasons why Pelosi might not run for Speaker of the House."

"The last one was, `heck, she might even get sick and die.'"