Pelosi defends leadership following special election loss

Pelosi defends leadership following special election loss

Pelosi defends leadership following special election loss

In South Carolina, Charleston attorney and Democratic political newcomer Joe Cunningham said on Wednesday he would seek the House seat now held by Republican Mark Sanford, but that if elected he would not back Pelosi as the Democratic leader.

"The brand is just bad", Ryan said. And all the focus on whether Nancy Pelosi should stay or go as House minority leader seems largely beside the point.

Jon Ossoff's defeat in Georgia's special House election - an election Democrats hoped would have been a referendum on President Donald Trump - has renewed some soul searching among its members. In this week's election, Georgia voters, many of whom are skeptical of President Donald Trump and his tweets, demonstrated they nevertheless want more from an opposition than rants and adolescent rage over losing an election. Others have privately said Pelosi weighs down Democrats and could prevent the party from retaking the House in the upcoming midterm elections.

Democratic Party divisions are on stark display after a disappointing special election loss in a hard-fought Georgia congressional race.

Meanwhile, Rep. Kathleen Rice, D-N.Y., told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" program that she believes leadership change is needed from Pelosi on down. "I thrive on competition", she said, later adding: "I think I'm worth the trouble". "Nancy Pelosi is not the only reason that Ossoff lost", Vela told Politico.

Democrats have a target-rich environment next year, starting with 23 Republican-held districts where Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton won a majority of the vote.

"I think in this instance it had a motivating effect for our voters on the turnout front", Rogers said Wednesday.

Half of Democrats (49 percent) view Pelosi favorably, while 1 in 4 Democrats (26 percent) have an unfavorable view of her.

"I am a master legislator", she boasted.

Moulton is one of the House Democrats who has been most vocal in calling for a new generation of leadership. She's also expected to become one of the most closely-watched junior lawmakers in Washington given the symbolism of her win.

"She's a great fundraiser, but if the money we're raising through her leadership is not helping us win elections, we have to have this hard conversation now", Rice said. And we need a message.

"As we sit here, they're running caricatures of me in Georgia", Pelosi said. In 15 years, she's raised nearly $570 million for Democratic campaigns.

The main argument against Pelosi from her Democratic detractors is that more than 30 years in Washington and hundreds of millions of dollars in attack ads against her have taken their toll when it comes to public opinion.

"This is not anything personal between me and Nancy Pelosi. You have to look at the upside", she said.

Some hints of dissension is being seen on Capital Hill among the Democrats following the loss in the Georgia house race.

They also failed to win a seat in South Carolina Tuesday night. "I do still think the ads that they use against our leader still pack a punch and are very effective".

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