Democratic Rep. says Pelosi is 'impediment' to taking back House majority

Democratic Rep. says Pelosi is 'impediment' to taking back House majority

Commenting on the Democrats' electoral failure in the South this week, which included a South Carolina House race, Hot Air blogger Andrew Malcolm observed that one-third of Pelosi's 193 House Democrats now come from just three states, "the usual liberal suspects of California, New York and MA, not the crucial Heartland".

Just hours prior, New York Democratic Rep. Kathleen Rice told CNN that the party was in need of a change. If elected, I will not vote for Nancy Pelosi for speaker.

"I'd like to keep her right where she is, because our record is extraordinary against her", Trump said in a Fox News interview.

Meanwhile, the mostly white, working-class and middle-class, culturally moderate-to-conservative electorates in the traditional Democratic bastions of Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania were literally and figuratively left behind by a Democratic Party more interested in legislating who can use what bathroom than revitalizing American industry and fostering economic prosperity. But it should be a wake-up call to Democrats that a heavily Republican district in SC made up of mostly working-class whites living in rural areas nearly flipped on Tuesday.

And Rep. Tim Ryan criticized Pelosi along with his party's brand and its outreach to voters.

'I don't think it's fair, ' Ryan told Don Lemon.

Pelosi said she respected critical opinions, but, "my decision to stay is not up to them".

Around the same time House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi was declaring she had broad support to remain the top Democratic leader and jabbing back at her critics, a group of her colleagues met privately to brainstorm on whether there was a way to force her out.

"You see these commercials that tie these candidates to Leader Pelosi week in and week out in the past several months".

Pelosi has faced a growing chorus of criticism since Democrat Jon Ossoff came up short in Tuesday's Georgia special congressional election - the latest in a string of defeats for the party. Republicans - including President Donald Trump - have professed their glee that she's still minority leader.

Prior to Georgia and South Carolina, Democrats fell in special races in Kansas in April and Montana in May.

The leadership of the House Democratic Caucus tried to put the best face on Tuesday's special election losses in Georgia and SC by saying they're making progress, and the GOP victories were much more narrow than in the past. But nothing that happened should make Republicans feel secure about their hold on the House of Representatives. One reason Ossoff came so close to winning the district in the first round is that many Republicans, perhaps baffled by the dozen or so candidates, didn't vote.

Asked by Lemon if he thought Pelosi was more toxic than Trump, Ryan said yes.

Wednesday, Pelosi wanted to spend her weekly press conference slamming the Republicans Senate health bill.

Speaking to reporters Thursday, Pelosi said Democrats are proud of the race they ran and she dispelled a question about stepping down.

"I think I'm worth the trouble, quite frankly".

Pelosi beat back a leadership challenge late a year ago from Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH), with two-thirds of her caucus supporting her.

And after she predicted incorrectly that Democrats were poised to take back the House previous year, some of Pelosi's colleagues feel that this time around, she needs to deliver.



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