Democrats Try To Push Nancy Pelosi Out To Win Back House Majority

  • Democrats Try To Push Nancy Pelosi Out To Win Back House Majority

Democrats Try To Push Nancy Pelosi Out To Win Back House Majority

Pelosi isn't in danger of losing the leadership perch she's long held, though she did fend off her toughest challenge ever last fall from Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, who argued the party needed someone who better understood the rural, working-class voters that were critical to President Trump's victory over Hillary Clinton past year. Nor have they identified a challenger.

The Georgia contest was the most expensive House race in history, and the GOP dusted off the same playbook it has used effectively since the Republican wave of 2010: Hammering Democratic candidates with a relentlessly anti-Pelosi message that drives out the conservative base. Most notable was the appearance of Louisiana Rep. Cedric Richmond, the chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus.

"Our brand is worse than Trump", Ryan said, adding, in an evident flash of enlightenment: "We can't just run against Trump". He emphasized that the group "was a diverse group from an ideological, geographic and ethnic standpoint".

POLITICO: Trump spikes the ball after Georgia election win - "Rattled by Donald Trump's tumultuous first five months in office, the Republican Party breathed a collective sigh of relief Tuesday after a much-needed special election victory in Georgia".

Several Democratic lawmakers have said Pelosi's position as a prominent face of the Democratic Party will continue to make winning elections hard.

Democratic candidate for 6th congressional district Jon Ossoff concedes to Republican Karen Handel at his election night party in Atlanta, Tuesday, June 20, 2017. Some of the proposed shifts sought to move heavily black precincts - where voters overwhelmingly support Democrats - from Republican-held districts into ones occupied by Democrats. And Democrats are struggling to translate the energy of their core supporters into actual election victories. She said she is not interested in running for Pelosi's post or other leadership posts, but said there are discussions among some Democrats about next steps.

No other Democrat possesses the stature to match those accomplishments.

"That is why I'm able to attract the support that I do, which is essential to our elections, sad to say", Pelosi added, in a reference to her unparalleled fundraising hauls. They barely attempted to make a case for Karen Handel; instead, their argument was that Ossoff is basically a Hollywood San Francisco radical hippie anarchist lunatic controlled by - cover the children's ears - Nancy Pelosi. "I love the arena".

She complained of the "vitriolic things that they say that resulted in calls to my home constantly, threats in front of my grandchildren - really, predicated on their comments and their paid ads". "If we don't, then I think it's incumbent upon her and all of us to reassess who our leadership should be".

In a letter to her colleagues on Wednesday about the special elections, Pelosi maintained an upbeat tone.

Rep. Ben Ray Lujan of New Mexico, who chairs the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee that invested millions in the race, argued in a memo to lawmakers, "Despite the loss, we have a lot to be proud of" and "we have a unique opportunity to flip control of the House of Representatives in 2018". "If you un-scrunch them and look at it honestly, it's red".

"I believe one of the reasons they did it is I'm an effective leader".

Therein lies a real problem for Democrats. It was once held by Republican Newt Gingrich (the former House Speaker from 1979 to 1999), and the previous incumbent Tom Price (now Trump's health secretary), carried the district by more than 23 points. Georgia's 6th Congressional District has securely been in Republican hands since the late 1970s and was once held by master rules manipulator Newt Gingrich.

For GOP consultants, the tie-every-Democrat-to-Pelosi is a tried-and-true strategy that's been working for more than six years. But the Pelosi attacks on the House side have been consistent for years.

Ryan, who challenged Pelosi for House minority leader, was asked whether some of the criticism of Pelosi has been too harsh and unfair.

Pelosi said Thursday that she has "always featured the young 30-somethings".

"We're talking about healthcare for everybody today because of the work that she has done", he said. Democrats have to pick up 24 House seats to get back into power.