Pelosi Defends Leadership Following Special Election Loss

Angry Dems turn against leaders after House election losses

Most notable was the appearance of Louisiana Rep. Cedric Richmond, the chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus.

RICE: Well, that's not going to be for me to decide, but we have to as a caucus, have this conversation. He emphasized that the group "was a diverse group from an ideological, geographic and ethnic standpoint". Pelosi and other Democratic leaders insisted that they demonstrated important progress by coming in a close second, and have a good shot at taking back the House in next year's midterm elections.

Ossoff ran on a decidedly moderate platform with millions of dollars to back him up.

Democrats invested millions in the costliest House race, but Republican Karen Handel beat Jon Ossoff on Tuesday.

She complained of the "vitriolic things that they say that resulted in calls to my home constantly, threats in front of my grandchildren - really, predicated on their comments and their paid ads".

Georgia's 6th shares numerous same characteristics as the districts that Democrats believe will pave their way to a House majority in 2018.

No other Democrat possesses the stature to match those accomplishments.

Pelosi faces criticism and a new rival, Stephen Jaffe, in her next primary election.

"Maybe they don't want to play in the arena, but I'm very proud of the members who do". "I thrive on competition".

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich also spoke of the potent tool Pelosi is for Republicans to use against Congressional Democrats. Keep raising the concern that something needs to change within the ranks of the party's leadership. "My leadership is recognized by many around the country, and that is why I'm able to attract the [financial] support that I do, which is essential to our elections".

As BPR reported earlier, everyone from celebs to Dem colleagues are mulling over the possibility that it might be time to end the longtime San Francisco Congresswoman's reign in D.C. "And usually they go after the most effective leaders". "Vote." Meanwhile, at The Daily Beast, Patricia Murphy gave them every reason to "lose their cool".

Perez noted that Democrats are losing, but by encouraging margins, citing the April special election in Kansas' 4th district where he said Democrats were expected to lose by 30 percentage points but lost by less than 7.

It was at the heart of their strategy to turn out reliably Republican voters who might be queasy with Trump's first five months in office, but did not want to see Pelosi and national Democrats celebrate a marquee victory in their own backyard.

And Pelosi's fundraising prowess? When it comes to Pelosi among centrist Independents and Republicans, that is certainly the case, a fact echoed by the CLG's Director who acknowledged that "if Pelosi ever retired we'd be in a lot of trouble". "I'm a strategic, politically astute leader", she said.

And while Democrats were mourning in Georgia Tuesday night, they nearly stole a House seat in SC where Archie Parnell came within about 2,800 votes and 3 percentage points of defeating Republican Ralph Norman.

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.

According to Politico, the movement is spearheaded by three lawmakers: Reps. Almost every House Democrat that lost that year - 52, hailed from districts that were moderate. Pelosi said with a nervous giggle. "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". He said defending Pelosi to voters would be an expensive endeavor, but it may be worth it.

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