Wednesday, 20 September, 2017

White House paints Handel win as Trump triumph

CORRECTS THE SPELLING OF HANDEL’S FIRST NAME TO KAREN – Republican candidate for Georgia’s 6th District Congressional seat Karen Handel celebrates with her husband Steve as she declares victory during an election-night watch party Tuesday June 20 In Georgia, Republicans celebrate while Dems seek upsides
Christy Curtis | 26 June, 2017, 00:30

Michael Bloomberg also thinks Trump will likely win a re-election considering the Democratic Party's performance during the 2016 election campaign. Several congressmen have gone so far as to suggest that Pelosi ought to step down and allow the party to rebrand itself moving forward.

Asked if Pelosi should remain the top House Democratic leader in the next Congress, her number two, Rep. Steny Hoyer of Maryland, told reporters "I understand that she is intending to stay" and added "I don't think anybody is going to impeach her". Some argue that not technically living in the district hurt him (true), progressive purists claimed he was too centrist on some issues, but the reality is he only lost because of one simple reason: Georgia. She will fight for lower taxes, great healthcare strong security-a hard worker who will never give up! "At some point, the coach has got to go, right?" said Rep. Kathleen Rice, D-N.Y., on Friday.

Pelosi says the Democratic base is energized, adding, "We must now put forth our message". "We have a lot of talent in the Democratic Party", but she pointed out that "we don't have an infrastructure in our caucus allowing more voices to be heard, and that's the problem".

"The brand is just bad", Ryan said. In all four special congressional elections that have taken place since Donald Trump's election, Republicans have used attack ads to portray Democratic candidates as allies of Pelosi. Having failed to oust Pelosi in a leadership challenge shortly after the election last fall, Ryan is working with colleagues to see if there's appetite for another attempt at replacing her, he said Thursday on ABC News' "Powerhouse Politics" podcast. "I think that in certain areas, like in some of these special-election districts, it doesn't benefit our candidates to be tied to her". "It's time for a new generation of leadership". "I am a strategic, politically astute leader".

The road to a Democratic House majority runs through dozens of districts similar to the affluent, well-educated northern suburbs of Atlanta where Ossoff was defeated, and the outcome there is likely to reassure Republicans already nervous about their chances of holding control under Trump next year.

After both parties poured millions of dollars into a special election in Georgia, Republican Karen Handel won Tuesday's race, fending off upstart Democrat Jon Ossoff.

Ryan, who is young, passionate and has blue-collar sensibilities, is exactly what Democrats need to start winning elections again.

"Defeating Republicans in districts that they have traditionally held requires doing something drastically different than establishment Democrats have done before - specifically, running on a bold progressive vision and investing heavily in direct voter contact", said Jim Dean, chair of Democracy for America.

These Democrats might be on to something, especially in light of the way Pelosi figured into the Republican campaign in Georgia.

Pelosi said she didn't want to hear Republicans "all of a sudden be sanctimonious" as if they had "never seen such a thing before".

Many of her campaign e-mails told supporters that Pelosi and the "resistance" were pouring millions into the district to sway the results in Ossoff's favor.

But while Republicans were facing a sobering reminder of their president's poor approval ratings, Handel steadied the ship in a district that only narrowly backed Trump in last November's vote.

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