Some House Democrats mull over how to oust Pelosi as leader

Kerry Wise
June 25, 2017

Pelosi says she has no plans to step down, and Democrats haven't found any viable replacements yet.

Here's a huge reason Nancy Pelosi maintains her iron grip on House Democrats, even after another bruising - and in many party circles embarrassing - election loss: Her ability to raise lots and lots of money.

Republicans expertly connected Ossoff to Pelosi, a poison pill for some voters, prompting calls for a leadership change.

The challenge for Democrats, as pointed in Politico's reporting, is that there are no viable candidates to challenge Pelosi and take over the leadership. "I love the arena".

Representative Tim Ryan of OH said she remained a political millstone for Democrats.

With some members doubting her abilities she sang her own praises. "Well, I'm a master legislator".

On Thursday, Trump jumped into the political fray, taking a swipe at Pelosi and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer in a tweet. My leadership is recognized by many around the country and that is why I am able to attract the support that I do, which is essential to our election sad to say, ' she said.

"It's fair to say nearly every cent has been raised through the prism of, 'we need to hold the Republican majority to prevent Nancy Pelosi from passing her far-left agenda, '" said Jesse Hunt, a spokesman for the National Republican Congressional Committee - the House GOP's campaign arm. "Democrats haven't won there in 37 years", he said of the former speaker of the House.

Both Reps. Kathleen Rice, R-N.Y.

Elections not so special for Democrats
In another tweet, Trump also congratulated Republican Ralph Norman, who won a special congressional election in SC . Thus did Democrats sharply cut the Republicans' 2016 margins in Kansas and Montana districts earlier this year.

"Republicans blew through millions to keep a ruby-red seat, and in their desperate rush to stop the hemorrhaging, they've returned to demonizing the party's strongest fund-raiser and consensus builder", Drew Hammill, Pelosi's deputy chief of staff, told The New York Times. After a bit of crowing about the failure of "fake news" fueled, big spending candidates and a shout-out to Fox News, President Donald Trump offered up this: "Democrats would do much better as a party if they got together with Republicans on Healthcare, Tax Cuts, Security". For his part, Ryan hasn't said that Pelosi should step down, but he does say he is very concerned about the obvious decline of the Democratic brand. One of Trump's electoral strengths was that he is not Hillary Clinton, and Tuesday in Georgia the voters said they don't want a congressman who has been hanging out with Nancy Pelosi.

'I mean, we have all the ads done.

In a suburban red district, what if he appealed to Republicans who dislike the Affordable Care Act?

'We know know exactly how to run against a Nancy Pelosi-led party, ' he continued. "So let's get started on winning the races where we really do have a chance". "At least another decade", Gingrich said.

Advertisements tried to tie Pelosi to the Democratic candidate in that election, Jon Ossoff. Yet, Ossoff's failure to beat Republican Karen Handel has not produced the kind of reflection that should follow the outcome that occurred in one of the most expensive congressional races in history.

She is, after all, a millionaire San Francisco party-line liberal incapable of understanding what most of America wants and needs. 'I believe she is not the leader for the future of the Democratic Party.

Pelosi said Thursday that she has "always featured the young 30-somethings".

"I think it's very concerning that that tactic still has some punch", Ryan said. Rice said. "No. That's not fair".