Congressman Tim Ryan questions Democrat leadership
- Author: Salvatore Jensen Jun 23, 2017,
Jun 23, 2017, 15:47
"And yes, she is a great fundraiser, but if the money we're raising through her leadership is not helping us win elections, then we have to have this conversation now", Rep. Kathleen Rice (D-Ny.) said on MSNBC Thursday.
Rep. Nancy Pelosi of California says in a letter to colleagues Wednesday that when President Donald Trump nominated House members to serve in his administration, he chose them from Republican districts the party knew it could win.
She said she feels "very confident" in the support she has from her caucus, but claimed ownership over the "timing" for her role as minority leader.
That last comment was in reference to the win on Tuesday night by former Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel, a Republican, over Democrat Jon Ossoff in a special congressional election in Georgia - a disappointing setback for Democrats who had hoped for their first big electoral win of the Trump era.
Tuesday was a triumphant night for Republicans, winning 4 of 5 special elections, including the most expensive House race in US history. "And usually they go after the most effective leaders, because they want to take us, diminish the opportunity that we have".
It's come to this: For leadership that doesn't repel a majority of Americans, Democrats need to recruit someone who doesn't represent the truth about their party. I think our leadership owes us an explanation for what's going on in these four elections but also a plan moving forward.
President Trump took to Twitter Thursday to weigh in on whether Pelosi should resign.
"They've spent over $100 million dollars demonizing me", Pelosi said.
"What's really important is that Donald Trump has seized the narrative back, that he's doing better with the voters than Democrats think he is", he said. That would be very bad for the Republican Party - and please let Cryin' Chuck stay!
Pelosi spoke out Thursday to address calls for her to step down as party leader in the House chamber.
"We have closed the gap dramatically", said Rep. Keith Ellison, who lost a bid to become the chair of the Democratic National Committee. "It's time for Nancy Pelosi to go, and the entire leadership team".
Co-host Sara Haines also tried to soften the blow by asserting: "I think things are moving".
Many political pundits have suggested that the widely held perception of Pelosi as a Washington insider and a San Francisco liberal might not be beneficial to Democrats seeking office in blue-collar and/or Republican-leaning congressional districts.
Ryan isn't saying whether or not he will challenge Pelosi as House Minority Leader again.
"Unfortunately a loss for us, but not good news for them", Pelosi told the rank-and-file in a closed door meeting Wednesday morning, according to Democrats present.
Meanwhile, the knives seem to be out for Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi, who was demonised by the GOP side in the Georgia race. "We haven't been talking about these direct economic issues that people are talking about", he said.