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Angry Democrats turn against leaders after House election losses

23 Juin 2017

"It's not about me necessarily", the California Democrat said.

"We need a winning strategy, and the first step to a winning strategy is a change in leadership", she said.

Democrats seethed, second-guessed and sought to regroup Wednesday after a disappointing special election defeat in Georgia, with the party's campaign chief in the House of Representatives outlining alternative paths to taking power, and some lawmakers questioning anew the leadership and political strategy of Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic minority leader.

"The fact remains that since Donald Trump won the election", co-host Joy Behar explained, "since he was nominated, the Democrats have lost three elections". In an 11Alive News-Survey USA poll one week before Tuesday's runoff, just 5 percent of Trump voters said they would vote for Ossoff, while just 4 percent of Hillary Clinton voters said they would switch parties to vote for Handel.

When asked about the President's comments, Pelosi said "I think they wrote that for him, it's a classic Republican line".

"Maybe they don't want to play in that arena, but I'm very proud of the members who do", she said.

[F] or Democrats, having failed to unseat a Republican in four special House elections in a row despite an extremely energized base, it's now a time for soul-searching - and finger-pointing. Republicans "don't want to go there, they want to go to San Francisco and a cable vehicle".

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Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, had challenged Pelosi for her leadership position earlier this year, and agreed, during an interview on CNN Wednesday night, that Republicans' ads using her as a Democratic boogey-woman have been effective. They love us. They don't get it.

Handel edged out her Democratic opponent, Jon Ossoff, in a much anticipated run-off election to replace Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price.

Republican ads in Georgia called out minority leader Nancy Pelosi as a rich San Francisco liberal, out of touch with the needs of middle America. The special elections have been held in Kansas, Montana, Georgia and SC, districts that are heavily conservative.

"I think I'm worth the trouble". They argue it shows their chances are good of retaking control of the House in next year's midterm elections.

Democrats see an opportunity to win a race in a Republican district now, Lake said. Turns out, all Republicans had to do in Georgia was tell voters that, "Yeah sure, Trump can be a clown sometimes, but do you really want to let her run things again", to enjoy a comfortable win.

'Nancy Pelosi was a great speaker, she was a great leader, but her time has come and gone, ' the New York Democrat said.