Pelosi defends leadership following special election loss

Marie Harrington
June 25, 2017

"I certainly hope the Democrats do not force Nancy P out, ' Trump tweeted Thursday morning". "That would be very bad for the Republican Party".

Moore, charging that members of the Democratic establishment "hate the resistance", said the Democratic National Committee and its House campaign arm have "no message, no plan, no leaders".

"Nancy Pelosi was a great speaker", Rep. Kathleen Rice, D-N.Y., said on MSNBC.

It is hard, of course, for a party to rally behind an agenda when it's out of the White House, and there's plenty of concern after she became an issue in the Georgia election that House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is too polarizing a figure to lead such an effort. Some Democratic lawmakers have called for Pelosi to step down from her leadership role in the House.

Fueling their fears is Democrat Jon Ossoff's loss in a hotly contested House race in the northern Atlanta suburbs.

'I do not believe she is an out-of-touch San Francisco liberal, ' Rice replied.

The frustrated Democrats met in Rice's office a day earlier to discuss their options as they face long odds of knocking out the woman who has led the Democratic caucus for almost 15 years from minority to majority and back, raised tens of millions of dollars and has had multiple legislative successes.

Rice also bemoaned the treatment Pelosi received from Republicans, but that didn't stop her from maintaining the former House speaker should be ousted.

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". 'Nor is it accurate.

Moulton is one of the House Democrats who has been most vocal in calling for a new generation of leadership.

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"That's the first one I think he didn't write". She is a great leader.

"What I really think is that leader Pelosi, looking forward to the 2018 election, has to ask herself this question: do I help Democrats win swing districts, which we need to win in 2018, or do I not?"

"And the answer is obviously she should go?"

"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.

'She's less popular than Donald Trump in my district, ' Ryan admitted.

"As long as Leader Pelosi is perceived as the leader of the House Democratic Caucus Republicans are going to continue to spend millions and millions of dollars in those swing districts to convince those swing voters, those independent voters, those Republican voters who might go our way, not to vote for our Democratic candidate because of Leader Pelosi", Vela said.

'I mean, we have all the ads done.

"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.

That's a winning strategy because it should be pretty clear to most voters by 2018, if not already, that Trumpism isn't delivering on its populist promise.

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