Friday, 18 August, 2017

Another leadership test for Pelosi, who's weathered many

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi D-Calif. speakson Capitol Hill in Washington. Democratic Party divisions are on stark display after a disappointing special election loss in a hard-fought Georgia congressional race. (AP Pho House Democrat: 'We need new leadership' - Honolulu, Hawaii news, sports & weather - KITV Channel 4
Craig Ferguson | 27 June, 2017, 02:52

Nor have they identified a challenger.

The challenge of Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, 43, for the leadership post after the election fell far short. Most notable was the appearance of Louisiana Rep. Cedric Richmond, the chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus.

"I'd like to keep her right where she is, because our record is extraordinary against her", Trump said in a Fox News interview. He emphasized that the group "was a diverse group from an ideological, geographic and ethnic standpoint".

Others dismissed the idea that Pelosi really played much of a role in the outcome in Georgia, where Democrat Jon Ossoff lost to Republican Karen Handel by about 5 percentage points.

"As long as Leader Pelosi is perceived as the leader of the House Democratic Caucus", Vela said, "Republicans are going to continue to spend millions and millions of dollars in those swing districts to convince those swing voters, those independent voters - those Republican voters who might go our way - not to vote for our Democratic candidate because of Leader Pelosi".

That the Pelosi-bashing continued to hurt Democrats - already struggling to get their bearings after Trump's win in November - left some fuming after a morning meeting Wednesday.

A day after the election, Democrats are left with the bitter hope of another tighter-than-usual margin, still searching for a contest where anti-Trump energy and flush campaign coffers actually add up to victory.

Pelosi's office claims even loftier triumphs, saying she's raised more than $500 million for Democrats since entering the party leadership in the early 2000s, including $141.5 million in the 2015-2016 cycle.

The Ohio lawmaker argued that the Democratic Party had lost touch with the working class.

Pelosi allies have pushed back at the blame game, and pointed to the improvement Democrats had in other special elections in Kansas, Montana and SC as evidence that their efforts to harness the resistance against Trump was working. "I love the arena. And I say that ladies and gentlemen in regards to both sides of the political aisle".

Democratic candidate for 6th congressional district Jon Ossoff left concedes to Republican Karen Handel while joined by his fiancee Alisha Kramer at his election night party in Atlanta Tuesday
Another leadership test for Pelosi, who's weathered many

"I think she's one of the best speakers ever, and I am glad to support her", said Rep. Allies and grassroots supporters were sent suggested tweets Thursday that urged Democrats not to ditch Pelosi in the middle of a high-stakes legislative battle over the future of health care reform. "I think it's time for a new generation of leadership".

Moore, charging that members of the Democratic establishment "hate the resistance", said the Democratic National Committee and its House campaign arm have "no message, no plan, no leaders".

Pelosi insisted that the current leadership structure already gives opportunities to younger members, telling reporters, "I have always featured the young 30-somethings. and they are so impressive". It's not fair. It's not accurate in its attacks on our leader, but it's effective.

In the wake of a dispiriting loss for Democrats in a Georgia special House race, Pelosi is confronting renewed questions about her leadership, especially because she was the focus of a torrent of negative advertising in the Georgia election casting her as a San Francisco liberal and linking her to the Democratic candidate.

"If we think we're going to win these elections because President Trump's at 35 percent, I think in districts like mine and certainly Georgia and SC, it takes more than that", said Rep. Tim Walz of Minnesota. It comes at a cost: Pelosi is Republicans' biggest fundraising star, too.

"Obviously people are very concerned about where we are and they want to have a conversation about where we need to be", Rep. Tim Ryan of OH told reporters about why the group got together.

"Republicans took back the House and the Senate in 2010 more or less with no message, except for that they were against everything that Obama was for, and no policies", Mollineau told Business Insider.

Pelosi, 77, has led the House Democratic caucus for almost 15 years, from the minority into the majority and back again.

This strategy undergirded every decision of the doomed Clinton campaign, from ignoring the white working class in her Rust Belt firewall, to chasing suburban Republican women in Missouri and the South.

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