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Democratic Rep. Filemon Vela: Pelosi 'doesn't help our candidates'

26 June 2017

And for many Democrats that blame fell on House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.

Republican Ralph Norman defeated Archie Parnell in Tuesday's special election for South Carolina's 5th congressional district, and in Georgia, Republican Karen Handel defeated Democrat Jon Ossoff in the most expensive House race in history. But who knows what might happen by next week, much less next year?

"I think you'd have to be an idiot to think we could win the House with Pelosi at the top", Vela said. In 2010, two years into Barack Obama's first term as president, Democrats got hammered, losing 63 seats and control of the 435-member House of Representatives. "We need to move forward and we need to get a new leadership team in place", Rice said.

In over a decade leading House Democrats, into the majority and out again, Pelosi has beaten back all comers, including last fall when Democratic Rep. Tim Ryan of OH ran against her. Ryan fell well short but garnered dozens of votes, enough to underscore dissatisfaction with Pelosi and with her aging leadership team that has left promising young Democrats with few places to rise.

But in recent weeks, both candidates had in many ways shied away from talking about the controversial president, with Ossoff trying to present himself as nearly nonpartisan and refusing to support higher taxes for wealthy people or a single-payer health care plan.

"The Democratic Party needs new leadership now".

It's about all they can do. Pelosi told fellow House Democrats in a letter Wednesday, "The House was in play before the Georgia race".

He acknowledged he has "enormous respect" for Pelosi and says she was a "tremendous speaker", but told "Meet The Press" host Chuck Todd, "if we're not in power, Chuck, we can't help anybody".

Pelosi's defiant comments came as Democrats remained angry and divided after throwing some $30 million into a House race in Georgia on Tuesday, only to end up with a loss that wasn't even very close.

As with many prior elections, Republicans have linked more centrist Democratic candidates running in right-leaning districts to the San Francisco progressive.

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To read this article in one of Houston's most-spoken languages, click on the button below. Back in November, she was elected for an eighth term as majority leader, but her main rival, Representative Tim Ryan of OH, received 63 of 197 votes cast.

Pelosi could face opposition from both moderate Democrats, who see her as a drain on the party, and "Berniecrats", who resent her as a member of the party establishment. Maybe Ford should stop worrying about who Republicans like to attack and more about what Democrats are supposed to believe in. They hoped that with this electorate, which was far more comfortable with Mitt Romney than with Donald Trump (Trump won the district by 2 points, while Romney won it by 23), a mainstream, non-threatening Democrat could win.

If Democrats can't win these races it's hard to see a path for the party to win back a majority in the House of Representatives come the general election in November of 2018.

In a normal political environment, the races in Georgia, Kansas, Montana and SC - to fill seats vacated by congressmen who joined Trump's cabinet - would be blowouts for Republicans, given the overwhelming, ruby-red nature of the districts, Petkanas said in a telephone interview.

Trump seems to enjoy the focus on Pelosi, taking another jab Friday after tweeting about her the day before.

Rep. Seth Moulton, D-Mass., who also attended the meeting, said, "in every corner of our caucus, we're concerned".

So Ossoff, Republicans said, was "not one of us", the ultimate distillation of the culture war attack.

"It was a very rough night for Nancy Pelosi", said Sean Clegg, a Democratic strategist in San Francisco, adding that he was personally a big fan of hers. Where do we want to go as a party?

But Pelosi taunted Rice and others urging her to step down, issuing what sounded like a warning on Thursday, saying, "when it comes to personal ambition and having fun on TV, have your fun".

Democratic Rep. Filemon Vela: Pelosi 'doesn't help our candidates'