Pelosi defends leadership following special election loss

Pelosi defends leadership following special election loss - WAOW - Newsline 9, Wausau News, Weather, Sports

Pelosi defends leadership following special election loss - WAOW - Newsline 9, Wausau News, Weather, Sports

Asked if Pelosi should remain the top House Democratic leader in the next Congress, her number two, Rep. Steny Hoyer of Maryland, told reporters "I understand that she is intending to stay" and added "I don't think anybody is going to impeach her".

The frustrated Democrats met in Rice's office a day earlier to discuss their options as they face long odds of knocking out the woman who has led the Democratic caucus for almost 15 years from minority to majority and back, raised tens of millions of dollars and has had multiple legislative successes.

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

Appearing on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" Thursday, Ryan called the Democratic brand "toxic" and addressed his party's losses in special elections this week, particularly in the sixth district of Georgia, where Republican candidate Karen Handel and outside groups supporting her bid repeatedly tied her Democratic opponent Jon Ossoff to Pelosi. The GOP has targeted Pelosi in House races nationally, most recently in the Georgia special election won by a Republican.

"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". They argue it shows their chances are good of retaking control of the House in next year's midterm elections.

"Usually they go after the most effective leaders because they want to diminish the opportunity that we have", Pelosi said.

She continues to command a great degree of loyalty from many House Democrats, and allies dismissed the idea that her position was in any kind of jeopardy.

"I think she's the most capable leader that we have and I can't imagine anyone else who could do such an important job and do it so well".

Trump seems to enjoy the focus on Pelosi, taking another jab Friday after tweeting about her the day before.

Rep. Seth Moulton, D-Mass., who also attended the meeting, said, "in every corner of our caucus, we're concerned".

But while Pelosi's critics are increasingly vocal, they have not yet answered critical questions about who would fill her leadership and fundraising roles if they were to mount a serious challenge for the perch atop the party Pelosi has held since 2002. The Iraq war veteran endorsed eight veterans running for the House this week, and started a new national security task force with other young veterans within the Democratic caucus. Where do we want to go as a party?

Pelosi was the focus of negative advertising casting her as a San Francisco liberal and linking her to the Democratic candidate. I love the arena.

Several Democratic lawmakers have said Pelosi's position as a prominent face of the Democratic Party will continue to make winning elections hard. "I thrive on competition".

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