The thank you to Trump was Handel's most public show of support of the man who wasn't embraced by many voters in the well-educated suburban Atlanta district in November and who she handled delicately throughout a primary and runoff election to fill the congressional seat vacated by Tom Price to take a spot in Trump's cabinet.
Democratic Party divisions are on stark display after a disappointing special election loss in a hard-fought Georgia congressional race.
In Georgia, it wasn't even close.
Tuesday night's outcome in a special House race in Georgia was a triumph for the GOP, and the most recent and devastating illustration of the Democrats' problems - from a weak bench and recruiting problems to divisions about what the party stands for today.
Ossoff reportedly ignored the issues his campaign canvassers were having.
And after she predicted incorrectly that Democrats were poised to take back the House a year ago, some of Pelosi's colleagues feel that this time around, she needs to deliver. "One of the disappointing things from the last couple days is that that approach has a little bit of punch to it, it still moves voters". But now, after a string of disappointments, those divisions have re-emerged, though Pelosi appears unlikely to face an immediate challenge. They've captured a couple of state legislative specials, as well as sort of picking up San Antonio mayor (the incumbent in that nonpartisan race was not a Republican but did to some extent run as one, and her victorious challenger more or less ran as a Democrat).
Some political analysts, including the Director of the SPIA survey research center at the University of Georgia Trey Hood, feel that momentum by Democrats in a traditionally Republican-leaning district is partially due to a response to President's Donald Trump's election and actions while in office. "And I'm not sure that that's there yet". Maybe another candidate or another strategy could have won, but I remain impressed by Ossoff, a 30-year-old first-time candidate who took everything the Republican Party could throw at him without losing his composure, and whose decent and hopeful campaign inspired thousands of volunteers to work their hearts out. Debbie Dingell of MI. The Times also noted that Pelosi was a regular feature in ads and on campaign fliers for the special election. "They're winning. So we have to address that reality".
In a letter to Democrats late Wednesday, Pelosi insisted majority control of the House is up for grabs.
She hoped Ossoff would crack the so-far impervious Trump base. "We must now put forth our message". "The question that remains to be answered is whether Democrats need more warriors or more priests; complete resistance or civil resistance".
"We need leadership change", Rep. Kathleen Rice, D-N.Y., told CNN.