Pelosi on calls for new leadership: 'I'm worth the trouble, quite frankly'

"Do I think it's fair that the Republicans playbook over the last four election cycles has been attacking Nancy Pelosi and demonizing her?"

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) lauded her leadership record Thursday after some Democrats suggested that the party should seek new leadership following the party's loss Tuesday in the special election runoff in Georgia's 6th Congressional District.

"The issue I think strategically is that Trump energizes their base and Leader Pelosi energizes their base", said Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, who was unsuccessful past year in trying to unseat Pelosi. I am a strategic, politically astute leader.

Despite calling Pelosi a "historic figure" and "prolific fundraiser", the Texas congressman also questioned whether her fundraising efforts were really worth it.

Pelosi, in a press conference Thursday, defended her leadership during the special election saying that she is "very confident" in the support of her caucus and said that while she respects the opinions of the members of her party, she won't be stepping down.

When it comes to her detractors, Pelosi said "my decision about how long I stay is not up to them".

But Pelosi continues to command great loyalty from many in the House, and she insisted her position was not in jeopardy. She slammed Republicans for secretively crafting the bill‚ which would slash tax credits for low and middle-income Americans who purchase their own healthcare.

"I certainly hope the Democrats do not force Nancy [Pelosi] out", Trump wrote.

"So", she said, "we are paving a way for a new generation of leadership".

Democrats are still reeling from Hillary Clinton's loss in the presidential election past year, and this week Democrat Jon Ossoff lost in Georgia's special election to replace former Rep. Tom Price - who is now secretary of Health and Human Services. But his Republican opponent, Karen Handel, as well as a GOP-aligned super PAC and the House Republicans' campaign arm, the National Republican Congressional Committee, spent millions on television ads and mailers latching Ossoff to Pelosi.

Haberman also commented on this action, noting it seems to show she is concerned about Democratic challenges to her leadership while pointing out how self-serving it is, which plays to much of the criticism towards the Democratic leader.

But Pelosi's camp signaled she is taking the grumbling seriously. "They always want to choose our leaders and usually they go after the most effective leaders because they want to diminish the opportunity that we have", Pelosi said.

President Donald Trump earlier Thursday even tweeted he'd like her to stick around.

In the Georgia election, Republicans used a tactic they've been using for years, setting up the liberal Pelosi as a villain who needs to be stopped. It was a close race that analysts feel could have been lost by the Republicans had it not been for the negative Pelosi association.

"Of course I'm open to a meeting" with Pelosi", Moulton said.

  • Leroy Wright