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Pelosi defends leadership after special election loss

26 June 2017, 10:34 | Laverne Osborne

Skye Gould Business Insider

BI Graphics_6th Georgia

Pelosi is confronting renewed questions about her leadership In the wake of a dispiriting loss for Democrats in a Georgia special House race.

The short answer, as always, is that the loser was trying to sell something a majority of voters didn't want to buy.

But after Donald Trump took office and Republicans dove into their agenda of repealing former President Barack Obama's health care law, Democrats' united opposition papered over their divisions and their generational divides. But, Vela insisted "that would all change now", adding that while the House Democratic Caucus ultimately determines who the new leader would be, "if it's somebody like Tim Ryan, I would certainly support him".

Pelosi, 77, has led the House Democratic caucus for almost 15 years, from the minority into the majority and back again. She's the ultimate expression of "San Francisco values", and nobody's buying those anywhere but in San Francisco.

Since the special election in April, President Trump has been campaigning for Handel through various outlets including his twitter account.

But it was demoralizing for Democrats, who also lost a special election in neighboring SC.

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".

Despite spending more than $30 million, Ossoff lost the district by a wider margin than Democrat Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election.


"I think you'd have to be an idiot to think we could win the House with Pelosi at the top", said Filemon Vela, a Texas Democrat who supported Pelosi when she ran for the leadership previous year.

The unpopularity of Trump and the Republican healthcare bill - along with the historic trend that the party holding the White House loses seats in midterm elections - gives Democrats hope for capturing the House in 2018.

"Democrats haven't won there in 37 years", he said of the former speaker of the House.

Some hints of dissension is being seen on Capital Hill among the Democrats following the loss in the Georgia house race.

"We as Democrats have to come to terms with the fact that we lost again", said Rep. Seth Moulton, D-Mass. And we have one goal: "winning in 2018". Yes, Democrats will point out that they didn't need this one; there are quite a few targets that lean less strongly to Republicans.

But as Democrats are eager to point out, there are many more districts _ anywhere from 71 to 94, depending on how it's calculated _ that are more competitive than Georgia's 6th District.

On "The Five" tonight, Jesse Watters said Pelosi fundamentally doesn't understand America or Americans.



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