Published: Sun, June 25, 2017
Worldwide | By Sean Reid

Some Dems Want Pelosi Out as House Minority Leader

Some Dems Want Pelosi Out as House Minority Leader

Perez said the Democratic candidates in the SC and Kansas special elections also narrowed the gap before discussing the 2018 races to take back the House.

Increasing pressure is growing within the Democratic party to oust Nancy Pelosi as House Minority Leader ahead of the 2018 midterm elections, in the hope that a change in leadership would bolster the party's chances. Pelosi told fellow House Democrats in a letter Wednesday, "The House was in play before the Georgia race".

'I am a master legislator. "My leadership is recognized by many around the country and that is why I am able to attract the support that I do, which is essential to our election, sad to say".

Commenting on the Democrats' electoral failure in the South this week, which included a South Carolina House race, Hot Air blogger Andrew Malcolm observed that one-third of Pelosi's 193 House Democrats now come from just three states, "the usual liberal suspects of California, New York and MA, not the crucial Heartland".

Democratic candidate Jon Ossoff lost the special congressional election on Tuesday night to Republican candidate Karen Handel by nearly 4 points. But placed in the context of polls and other special elections that show the same thing-Democrats mobilizing their voters but not winning over Republicans or GOP-leaning independents in appreciable numbers-it is a warning.

All the races were on GOP-friendly terrain.

Rice said she has spoken with a number of other House Democrats following Tuesday's loss, and some of those members - including Democratic whip Steny Hoyer and assistant Democratic leader Jim Clyburn - share her concerns about the current leadership, . Traditionally, the party that's out of power picks up seats.

"Ossoff's problem is that he didn't win the first round", Brian Fallon, senior adviser to Priorities USA, a Democratic super PAC, said in an interview. "If we don't, then I think it's incumbent upon her and all of us to reassess who our leadership should be". She has been a great leader, but like every leader, time immemorial, it's time for people to know when to go.

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Yesterday one New York Times reporter tweeted out some talking points circulated by Pelosi aides to House allies. "I certainly hope the Democrats do not force Nancy P out".

Pelosi suggested that Republicans do not like the city's progressive values.

The Democrats expended vast amounts of money on Jon Ossoff, an attractive young candidate running in a district that has voted Republican in most recent elections, but is seen as a seat within reach for the Democrats.

In the end, it came down to the candidates, and the Republican, Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel, had a long track record in Georgia's Sixth Congressional House District near Atlanta.

"I think I'm worth the trouble, quite frankly", she concluded.

Last year, Rice backed a leadership challenge from Ohio Democratic congressman Tim Ryan, who ran against Pelosi for minority leader but was defeated by a vote of 134-63.

Since 1990, she's raised more than $9.2 million for party candidates, including $739,000 in the 2016 election cycle, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, which tracks contributions from candidate committees and affiliated PACs. She referenced that the GOP spent millions of dollars promoting House Speaker Paul Ryan since he was on the 2012 ticket as the vice presidential ticket and "I have a hundred million or so spent against me and his numbers are no better than mine".

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