It’s unusual for freshmen members of Congress to criticize the leader of their party. But McAdams and Cunningham come from more red-leaning districts. Neither lawmaker voted for Pelosi for speaker when she ran in January of last year.
McAdams told The Washington Post he told the speaker her move ‘was inappropriate and that we deserve better than that.’
‘I thought it was disrespectful,’ he said. ‘I found things that I agreed with and things that I didn’t agree with in the president’s speech, but I thought that that was beneath us.’
Cunningham said he found ‘some blame on both sides’ for the partisanship on display at Tuesday’s address.