House Democrat: 'We need new leadership'

Pelosi has led the Democratic caucus in the House since 2003, and in March said she would have retired had Hillary Clinton won the election.

But while Pelosi's critics are increasingly vocal, they have not yet answered critical questions about who would fill her leadership and fundraising roles if they were to mount a serious challenge for the perch atop the party Pelosi has held since 2002.

A special election in Atlanta, Georgia is the latest election victory for President Donald Trump and the Republican Party.

After one of the most contentious and the most expensive Congressional races in USA history, Handel easily defeated Democrat Jon Ossoff 53 percent to 47 percent Tuesday night.

The excuses ran the gamut, touching on everything from Ossoff's residency (he didn't live in the 6 District), his milquetoast personality, his lack of experience, his links to Nancy Pelosi, the weather, Russian Federation and, laughably, gerrymandering. One Republican strategist in charge of a wealthy super PAC said of Ossoff, "He wants to play dress-up and pretend to be a grownup and say, for five years he was a national security adviser when, in fact, he's just a spoiled frat boy, playing dress-up and advocating for underage drinking".

"It's fair to say nearly every cent has been raised through the prism of, 'we need to hold the Republican majority to prevent Nancy Pelosi from passing her far-left agenda, '" said Jesse Hunt, a spokesman for the National Republican Congressional Committee - the House GOP's campaign arm.

To recapture the House, Democrats need to win over Republican voters skeptical of the president. Republicans are doing this healthcare bill completely behind closed doors. In the aftermath of the Ossoff loss, quite a few Democrats have reached the conclusion that they need more of a message than just positioning themselves as anti-Trump or continuing to bang on about Russian Federation, the Washington Post and other news outlets have reported.

During the campaign, Ossoff faced criticism for not living in GA06 (thus unable to vote for himself) as well as being linked to unpopular House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, who would again become Speaker if the Democrats manage to win a majority in 2018. "That approach still has a little bit of punch to it".

Ryan told NPR on Wednesday that the ads that Republican groups ran harnessing Pelosi's unpopularity with their GOP base voters were clearly effective. Thus did Democrats sharply cut the Republicans' 2016 margins in Kansas and Montana districts earlier this year.

"We need to be focused on next November, and what happens with the reality of health care and trade, tax policies and the impact on working men and women", said Rep. She said, "They say they want young people to get involved".

"The same, exhausted centrist Democratic playbook that has come up short cycle after cycle will not suffice", Mr. Dean said in a statement.

Rep. Filemon Vela, D-Texas told Politico that Pelosi will continue to be an albatross for Democrats if she remains.

Pelosi spoke at a Democratic caucus meeting June 21 on Capitol Hill.

Some Democrats saw Handel's failure to maintain the 23-point lead won by the district's previous Republican victor - current Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price - as a positive sign for the future.

Rice points to Pelosi as the reason that the Democrats keep losing. The Democratic side spent $7.6 million, while the Republicans spent $18.2 million.

"The Democratic Party needs new leadership now". Yes, ads linked Ossoff to the minority leader - they also linked him to Kathy Griffin, black-block anarchists, and the guy that shot Steve Scalise. And I'm mad at Trump, but I'm madder at the Democrats for letting him get in. "Time to move forward and win again", tweeted Joe Cunningham, a Democrat who is running against Rep. Mark Sanford in SC.