Josh Gottheimer criticizes Pelosi — but not one other moderate Dem would join him: report

Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-NJ) publicly called out Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) on Friday night.

"It's deeply regrettable that Speaker Pelosi breached her firm, public commitment to Members of Congress and the American people to hold a vote and to pass the once-in-a-century bipartisan infrastructure bill on or before September 27," Gottheirmer said after Pelosi delayed the vote after determining it lacked the support to pass without the accompanying reconciliation bill.

"Along with a group of Members, I've been working around-the-clock to pass the bipartisan infrastructure bill, legislation we helped craft back in April with my Senate colleagues. But a small far left faction of the House of Representatives undermined that agreement and blocked a critical vote on the President's historic bipartisan infrastructure bill," Gottheimer charged. "We cannot let this small faction on the far left — who employ Freedom Caucus tactics, as described by the New York Times today — destroy the President's agenda and stop the creation of two million jobs a year — including for the millions of hard-working men and women of labor."

Gottheimer's facts and strategy were quickly called into question.

"Gottheimer says progressives are endangering Biden's agenda - even though POTUS took their side this afternoon and suggested he had no problem not voting today in service of a larger deal," ABC News reporter Ben Siegel noted.

Pod Save America co-host Jon Favreau noted Gottheimer's description of the sides at play was way off.

"The only small faction here is Josh, fewer than 10 House Dems, and the 2 Senators they take orders from. The rest of the Democrats in the House and the Senate - as well as the PRESIDENT - want the two bills passed together," he explained. "So silly."

Daily Beast reporter Matt Fuller questioned Gottheimer's strategy.

"Trying to think of the last Democrat who benefitted from criticizing Pelosi and, yup, can't remember a single one," Fuller noted.

Politico correspondent Healther Caygle reported that none of the other moderates would join Gottheimer in attacking Pelosi.