Democrats Ask 'What's Next?' After Republican Congressional Victories

Democrats need to replace Rep. Nancy Pelosi as House minority leader if they are going to win future elections, a Democratic lawmaker said Thursday.

Some Democrats are so fed up with their party leadership that they are looking at ways of removing Nancy Pelosi from her post as House minority leader.

The report comes as some Democrats criticized Pelosi after the party suffered several recent special election losses, including in Georgia this week.

But, Vela insisted "that would all change now", adding that while the House Democratic Caucus ultimately determines who the new leader would be, "if it's somebody like Tim Ryan, I would certainly support him".

On that point, Ryan agreed that the Democrats need to focus less on President Donald Trump and more on economic issues.

"Democrats both in our state and nationally have not learned their lessons from the loss in November", said Michael Joyce, a spokesperson for the Texas Republican Party.

Pelosi spokesman Drew Hammill fired back on calls for the House Minority Leader to step down, asserting that Republicans would only smear her replacement.

Pelosi became the leader of House Democrats in 2003. A national influx of roughly $25 million - the most ever spent on a U.S. House race - couldn't get Democrat Jon Ossoff, 30, over the finish line. Oh-for-four. That is the number of special elections held recently in which - try as they might - Democrats failed to dislodge a Republican. "People in OH don't grab me about Russian Federation at all when I'm home", Ryan said. "She has been a great leader, but like every leader, time immemorial, it's time for people to know when to go", Rice said.

"I'm worth the trouble, quite frankly", she said. The president's taunt arrives amid a growing chorus among Democrats for Pelosi to step down.

"When you have that kind of an environment, it's necessary to raise the resources to fight back", he said. "I am a master legislator". "I don't think any party should allow the opposite party to choose their leaders". "But my decision about how long I stay is not up to them".

Meanwhile, in one of his first campaign moves, Joe Cunningham, a Democrat challenging Mark Sanford for a House seat in SC, spoke out against Pelosi the morning after the Georgia results came in.

David Gergen, senior political analyst, and former presidential advisor to Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Ronald Raegan, and Bill Clinton, told CNN that the results should serve as a warning to the Dems to never underestimate Donald Trump and his party's capacity to win against them. "My leadership is recognized by many around the country, and that is why I'm able to attract the support that I do".

"We don't agonize, we organize", she added.

  • Salvatore Jensen