Karen Handel victory in Georgia feted by Republicans

"We need leadership change, "New York Democratic Rep. Kathleen Rice recently told CNN".

"Nancy Pelosi was a great speaker".

"I don't think that any party should allow the opposite party to choose their leaders", she said.

Mrs Handel said at her victory rally that she knew it was going to "require all hands on deck" for Republicans to hold on to the district. Ryan added, "I don't think it's fair".

"We are spending way too much time talking about Donald Trump and we're being overwhelmed with our own anger toward him", Rep. Tim Ryan of OH told reporters. In the aftermath of the Ossoff loss, quite a few Democrats have reached the conclusion that they need more of a message than just positioning themselves as anti-Trump or continuing to bang on about Russian Federation, the Washington Post and other news outlets have reported.

"We're paving a way for a new generation of leadership, and I respect any opinion that my members have", she said.

HuffPost senior politics editor Sam Stein asked Rice if she believed Pelosi to be an 'out-of-touch San Francisco liberal, ' which is the way Republicans have portrayed the top House Democrat in political attack ads. On Thursday, the National Republican Senatorial Committee sent out a press release attacking Nevada Democratic Rep. Jacky Rosen over her ties to Pelosi.

Looking at the campaign ads eventual victor Karen Handle ran in the Georgia race, one would have thought she was running against Pelosi, not Jon Ossoff.

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. When incumbent Tom Price was appointed by President Trump to serve as the head of Health and Human Services, Ossoff saw an opening in the special election to fill his seat.

The race for Georgia's 6th Congressional district seat was the most expensive congressional race in the nations history, topping $50 million in overall spending.

Other Democrats were more blunt.

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

Rep. Pete King, R-N.Y., said Republican Karen Handel's win in Georgia should send a message to President Donald Trump that he can pull back on his tweets.

BENNETT: Another reason why Democrats shouldn't feel all that demoralized is Karen Handel's slim margin of victory, says House Democratic Caucus Vice Chair Linda Sanchez.

On Thursday, Pelosi fielded several questions at her weekly briefing about calls by some in her party for her to step down after the recent losses. You have a baseball team that keeps losing year after year. The new representative is then given an introduction by a party leader or a member of the state delegation before embarking on a short inaugural speech of her own as loved ones watch from an upstairs viewing gallery.

The victories could boost Republicans' confidence as they struggle to advance health and tax legislation that has been bogged down by infighting and investigations into whether Trump's campaign colluded with Russian Federation in last year's presidential election.

  • Zachary Reyes