Wednesday, 20 September, 2017

Pelosi defends leadership following special election loss

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi faced her most serious challenge to her leadership post last year from Rep. Tim Ryan D-Ohio but she still emerged with support from two-thirds of the caucus AP News in Brief at 12:04 am EDT
Christy Curtis | 25 June, 2017, 00:52

"We are going to be electing Democrats right here in Texas".

Perez says he was "disappointed" by that election, but suggested it was to be expected.

While Republicans have mocked Pelosi's leadership in the past - the Republican National Committee sarcastically endorsed Pelosi for minority leader a year ago - the party's successful strategy of linking Democratic congressional hopefuls to the unpopular minority leader has caused some Democrats to call for new leadership.

But the party hasn't fared well under her leadership, at least by the numbers. Ryan made it clear after his failed bid to oust Pelosi in the fall that he wasn't planning to challenge her again and was just supporting the effort.

And the losses may help the party clarify its message, which is lost somewhere between the liberal leanings of Bernie Sanders and the cautious middle-of-the-roaders like Ossoff. But he said there is no doubt that "this is one occasion when we ought to say he deserves to take a victory lap". Pelosi told fellow House Democrats in a letter Wednesday, "The House was in play before the Georgia race".

The Democratic Party boosted 30-year-old political newcomer Jon Ossoff with a campaign war chest of more than $40 million and a team of Democratic strategists to take on Republican Karen Handel in a dthe suburban Atlanta district.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif. arrives for a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, June 22, 2017. Republican Ralph Norman beat Democrat Archie Parnell by around 3 percentage points in SC, closer than expected and a warning sign to the GOP not to take any seat for granted.

Lawmakers are also bemoaning a weak Democratic bench of candidates nationally, and demanding a better strategy for success and a new and stronger economic message that differentiates them more clearly from the Republicans.

She acknowledged the attacks but added: "I think I'm worth the trouble".

When asked on NBC about possible leadership changes, Democrat Bill Pascrell of New Jersey replied, "We're always reviewing that, believe me".

Behar then angrily noted that Ossoff "didn't even move into the district".

"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. Debbie Dingell of MI. "He's just not one of us", one Republican ad concluded.

"When it comes to personal ambition and having fun on TV, have your fun", Pelosi said.

"I love the arena, I thrive on competition, and I welcome the discussion". I thrive on competition, and I welcome the discussion.

OH could prove a hard testing ground for Ryan's suggestions.

The message after four races according to the GOP: Americans aren't as sick of the chaos in Washington as the media says. None of the 2016 races were seriously contested on Election Day. A loss in Georgia, after Democratic donors across the country (okay, mostly in California) gave time and money to try to stick it to Trump, is a significant momentum-killer.

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