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Pelosi facing party mutiny in the House

24 Juin 2017

The outcome also raised questions about the future of House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi.

Trump tweeted Thursday morning as some Democrats call for their House minority leader's ouster after Tuesday's special election loss in Georgia. He was backed by "a lot of liberal money from the Democrats and Pelosi", said another from the National Republican Congressional Committee.

The response from some: It better be. In the face of some fellow Democrats called for her to step down following a major defeat in a special election Tuesday, Pelosi proudly touted her effectiveness, saying she was "a master legislator" and a "strategic, politically astute leader". Mitt Romney carried the district by more than 23 points when he faced former President Barack Obama in 2012.

In a letter to Democrats late Wednesday, Pelosi insisted majority control of the House is up for grabs.

Although special elections in Georgia are nominally nonpartisan, candidates are allowed to declare a party allegiance and have it appear on the ballot.

"The House was in play before the Georgia race".

Rep. Kathleen Rice, D-N.Y., who supported Ryan's leadership bid, tweeted Wednesday that Jon Ossoff had to spend time and money "defending against attacks on our party leadership" despite Trump's unpopularity.

"I think there was consensus within the room that there are other members within the caucus who feel just like we do", Vela told CNN.

It is hard, of course, for a party to rally behind an agenda when it's out of the White House, and there's plenty of concern after she became an issue in the Georgia election that House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is too polarizing a figure to lead such an effort.

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Democrats were unduly optimistic about the Georgia race, but what happened there and in SC is consistent with what has happened in other congressional special elections this year.

"The Democrats have to be hyper-focused on an economic message that tells people that the Republican Party is all about economic growth for millionaires and billionaires, and the Democratic Party is about economic growth for everybody", Democratic Senator Chris Murphy of CT told MSNBC. I am a strategic, politically astute leader.

That someone many perceive as one of the worst attorneys general in recent history - the nation's chief law enforcement officer who couldn't muster a single indictment against bankers who caused a near-financial meltdown with rampant fraud, the supervisor who allowed "Operation Fast and Furious" to deliver 2,000 guns into the hands of Mexican gangs - could publicly say such a thing is an indication of how clueless the party is. Is it building to the point that we can win 24 seats and take back the House?

"Last night's results in Georgia were disappointing - we wanted to win and left everything on the field", Lujan wrote. She said she would have voted for the House Republican health care bill, though she sometimes misrepresented its provisions in debates with Ossoff.

"I am a master legislator", she boasted.

House Democratic leaders are taking some comfort in coming in a close second for a seat that's always been firmly in GOP hands. In her comments, Pelosi was keen to underline that in 2006, she secured a Democratic majority in the House for the first time in over a decade.

But it was a demoralizing blow to Democrats hoping Georgia would be a breakthrough for a party trying to harvest electoral victories from the grassroots anti-Trump activism seen in marches on Washington and boisterous crowds at town hall meetings around the country.

"We don't agonize, we organize", she concluded.

Democrats had hoped a victory by Democrat Jon Ossoff over Republican Karen Handel would be a referendum against President Trump, and give them momentum and a winning strategy to succeed in other races.

Pelosi facing party mutiny in the House