Pelosi defends leadership following special election loss

Pelosi defends leadership following special election loss

Pelosi defends leadership following special election loss

Ossoff was seen to have a 7 percent lead in some surveys recently, but relentless conservative attacks on the former Obama official-linking him to House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and even the comedian Kathy Griffin-seemed to galvanize the GOP base. Nor have they identified a challenger.

Those involved in the discussions described them as preliminary among like-minded lawmakers.

"I think there was consensus within the room that there are other members within the caucus who feel just like we do", Vela told CNN. He emphasized that the group "was a diverse group from an ideological, geographic and ethnic standpoint".

Ryan, Pelosi's opponent last fall, said that Pelosi's continued role as the GOP's favorite bogeyman makes it "a heck of a lot harder" for Democrats as they try to notch victories in the GOP-friendly districts they will need to win next year.

The icing on the cake though came when Donald Trump tweeted that he hopes that the Democrats keep "Nancy P" because if the Democrats oust her from her leadership position, it would be "very bad for the Republican Party".

National Democrats will tell you that the race should have never been this close - and that Ossoff even threatening Handel suggests big trouble for Republicans on the ballot next November.

Chief among those is fundraising. Democrats were most optimistic about their chances in Georgia, where the party and its allies spent close to $30 million to bolster 30-year-old newcomer Jon Ossoff. They say voters in Republican-leaning districts are motivated by more than a desire to stop Pelosi and Democrats need to work on developing a message that can win them over. The GOP's candidate, Karen Handel, was considered weak and an easy target for the heavily financed Democrats, whose ample war chest poured in from donors on the left coast, California, and other liberal bastions. The question for Democrats is whether she's a liability who should be replaced.

"When it comes to personal ambition and having fun on TV, have your fun", The Hill reports Pelosi as saying. "I love the fray". "I thrive on competition". "If we don't, then I think it's incumbent upon her and all of us to reassess who our leadership should be".

It's unclear what options the detractors have, given their small numbers and the overwhelming support Pelosi still enjoys within the caucus she's controlled for the last 14 years.

Pelosi brushed off the tweet, contending that Trump hadn't actually written it himself because "it's a classic Republican line".

The House minority leader has served as the face of House Democrats since she helped engineer her party regain control of the House of Representatives in 2007 to become the first female speaker. "But my decision about how long I stay is not up to them". "And usually they go after the most effective leaders, because they want to take us, diminish the opportunity that we have".

"Nancy Pelosi was a great speaker".

And Pelosi's fundraising prowess?

The result was unusually high voter turnout for a special election runoff.

A dozen or so House Democrats want Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi to go after a dispiriting loss in a House election in Georgia.

And Rep. Steny Hoyer of Maryland, the No. 2 House Democrat, remarked that "we had no business winning those districts" due to their GOP allegiance.

She benefits from a dearth of younger colleagues tagged as heirs to her leadership, and no up-and-coming Democrat can match her fundraising skills, no matter which figures are used.

Drew Hammill, a Pelosi spokesman, said she's done more than just raise money and that Pelosi is "without rival" as a legislative tactician.

And, to Bowman, a lack of a Democratic win in four special elections this year doesn't change that feeling.

Related news