Nancy Pelosi is beside the point

In South Carolina, Charleston attorney and Democratic political newcomer Joe Cunningham said on Wednesday he would seek the House seat now held by Republican Mark Sanford, but that if elected he would not back Pelosi as the Democratic leader.

The comment came after some Democrats on Thursday called for Pelosi to step down in the wake of special election losses this year, including a high-profile race in Georgia on Tuesday.

In the most expensive congressional election in USA history, Republican Karen Handel, a former Georgia secretary of state, defeated political newcomer Democrat Jon Ossoff by 4 percentage points on Tuesday in a suburban Atlanta district that Republicans have held since the 1970s.

In an interview, Ryan explained that Republicans are using Pelosi in ads to attack Democratic candidates in district races, like they did against Jon Ossoff in Georgia.

Rice said she has significant respect for the long-serving California lawmaker, but not as the ongoing leader of the Democratic Party.

"This is certainly something that we have to discuss because it's clear that, I think, across the board in the Democratic Party, we need new leadership", the MA lawmaker said.

However, Pelosi said she welcomes the questioning of her leadership - while also suggesting that her critics are just seeking media attention.

"They always want to choose our leaders", Pelosi said of Republicans criticizing her and others, such as former Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.).

And Rep. Steny Hoyer of Maryland, the No. 2 House Democrat, remarked that "we had no business winning those districts" due to their GOP allegiance. Pelosi has been facing questions about her leadership since Democrats lost the hard-fought race.

"The margins that we've been able to close and the gap narrowing is incredibly encouraging", said Tariq Thowfeek, a spokesperson Texas Democratic Party.

"I hope they keep Nancy for 10 more years", Gingrich told Fox News' "Fox & Friends" program. "I thrive on competition", she said, later adding: "I think I'm worth the trouble".

"The brand is just bad", Ryan said. "So let's get started on winning the races where we really do have a chance".

At a news conference Thursday afternoon, Pelosi defended her leadership against mounting criticism from her own party and attacks from Republicans.

Trump's tweets, old and new, left many perplexed about whether there was motive or strategy behind the whole affair.

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. "And I can see it; we are more unified then ever before", Trump insisted.

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