GOP winning streak continues in Georgia
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 24, 2017,
Jun 24, 2017, 12:35
UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN: Ossoff would vote with Nancy Pelosi to weaken our military. "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 Nancy Pelosi to go, and the entire leadership team". Walk up the street and ask 10 people what the Democrats stand for, you'll get 10 different answers.
BENNETT: Again, that's Congressman Tim Ryan.
Let me pause here to say that just as winning this race for Republicans was a morale booster, losing this race definitely kicks Democrats in the gut. "My leadership is recognized by many around the country, and that is why I'm able to attract the support I do".
Pelosi, 77, has led House Democrats since 2003.
She's been under fire over the last couple days, with some of her own caucus members saying it's time for her to step down, and potential Democratic candidates planning to run against her in their campaigns. "That still moves the needle", said Ryan.
For his part, President Trump congratulated the candidate through his Twitter account, even before Handel made the announcement, claiming that her work had been "fantastic", and that (the party) was very proud of her. Trump said, referring to Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.
Following Ossoff's loss, Democrats were quick to point out that the Georgia district was gerrymandered, that it had been in Republican hands since Newt Gingrich held the seat, and that Handle won a close race, while her Republican predecessor had won by a large margin.
For Republicans, Handel's win had to offer some reassurance in Washington.
Sabato, who heads the University of Virginia Center for Politics, said he heard from several senior Democrats Tuesday night who were less than pleased with Pelosi's impact on the Georgia race. Nancy Pelosi's liberal agenda put America 20 trillion in debt, and Jon Ossoff is on her side.
"I think I'm worth the trouble, quite frankly". In 2010, the "Fire Pelosi" campaign paid dividends for Republicans, and they've used it successfully ever since. Pelosi has been facing questions about her leadership since Democrats lost the hard-fought race. Far from rethinking their support for Trump or their plans to undo former President Barack Obama's health care law, Republicans seem likely to stay the course.
Lujan said Tuesday's results show Democrats have the momentum to flip the 24 seats they need to reclaim control.
Pelosi's leadership seat is likely safe for now, but if Democrats fail to win back the House in 2018, she will also fail to remain caucus leader.