Angry Dems turn against leaders after House election losses
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 23, 2017,
Jun 23, 2017, 14:08
'Nancy Pelosi was a great speaker, she was a great leader, but her time has come and gone, ' the New York Democrat said.
In the Ossoff race, even though the 30-year-old documentary filmmaker and former congressional staffer ended up running a more centrist and not Trump-centric campaign, Republicans were able to zero in on the more than $23 million in donations Ossoff raised, largely from liberal enclaves like California and NY, and make an easy connection to Pelosi.
Her victory Tuesday over Democrat Jon Ossoff in Georgia's 6th Congressional District means Republicans held all four of their seats that were up for grabs in special elections this spring.
Handel's tough race, combined with closer-than-usual GOP House victories in Kansas, Montana and SC, suggests Trump will dominate the coming election cycle, forcing Republicans to make peace with him, for better or worse.
And Ossoff's 48 per cent is a higher mark than Democrats have managed in recent statewide races involving less of a GOP advantage than Atlanta's northern suburbs.
A day after the election, Democrats are left with the bitter hope of another tighter-than-usual margin, still searching for a contest where anti-Trump energy and flush campaign coffers actually add up to victory. They must pick up 24 seats to do so.
Rice's criticisms have been joined by a couple other Democrats.
Pelosi's job is secure, but insiders say to expect a raucous House Democratic caucus meeting Wednesday when the results are discussed. "If we don't, then I think it's incumbent upon her and all of us to reassess who our leadership should be". "It's time for a new generation of leadership in the party".
"I'm in my 10th term and I certainly have never seen someone who is smarter in the kind of backroom maneuvering that Nancy Pelosi does", said Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill. "That would be very bad for the Republican Party - and please let Cryin' Chuck stay!"
Pelosi suggested that Republicans do not like the city's progressive values.
The apparent effectiveness of such attacks alarmed some fellow Democrats, and they show no signs of letting up.
Some of the toughest ads against the 30-year-old Ossoff were those tying him to Pelosi, whose approval ratings are underwater outside California.
"I'm a master legislator, I am a strategic, politically astute leader, my leadership is recognized by many around the country, and that is why I'm able to attract the support that I do, which is essential to our election, sad to say", Pelosi said at the press conference.
'I think I'm worth the trouble, ' she told reporters Thursday.
A Democratic House candidate in SC has promised to vote against House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi if elected.
Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, had challenged Pelosi for her leadership position earlier this year, and agreed, during an interview on CNN Wednesday night, that Republicans' ads using her as a Democratic boogey-woman have been effective.
Pelosi also incorrectly predicted that Democrats were poised to take back the House previous year, leading some of her colleagues to feel that this time around, she needs to deliver.
For GOP consultants, the tie-every-Democrat-to-Pelosi is a tried-and-true strategy that's been working for more than six years. "But we don't agonize, we organize - organize inside the House and mobilize outside for the good of the American people", she wrote.