House Democrats call for Pelosi to step down as minority leader

Cheryl Sanders
June 22, 2017

Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is telling Democrats that next year could be the year they take back control of the House.

The response from some is that it better be.

The Democratic Party's dreams of an upset victory to add a congressional seat in a special election in an affluent suburb of Atlanta, Georgia, have crashed as their outsider candidate Jon Ossoff lost narrowly to local veteran Karen Handel. "They are connected to their base, but their base is not the majority".

Democrats still managed narrower margins than usual in all four districts, and they hope that bodes well for next year's midterms. "The House remains in play now".

"I am making it a little bit hard to get their support, but who cares", Trump said Wednesday.

Therefore, a number of Democrats and pundits have concluded that Nancy Pelosi should no longer be House minority leader.

Trump was quick to celebrate the Georgia win and accused Democrats of standing in the way of a legislative agenda bogged down by infighting and investigations into whether his campaign colluded with Russian Federation in last year's presidential election.

Democratic Party divisions are on stark display after a disappointing special election loss in a hard-fought Georgia congressional race.


In conceding the race, Ossoff, a filmmaker and former political staffer, signalled Democrats could learn from these races and prepare for the larger battle for control of the US Congress in 2018.

The outcome in SC was closer, which had some Democrats wondering if the party should have steered more money there.

"I think that our leadership owes us an explanation of what happened, how resources were spent but also a plan going forward, and that's got to be a part of the discussion", he said.

"To the Jon Ossoff supporters, know that my commitments, they extend to every one of you as well", Handel said.

"Republicans took back the House and the Senate in 2010 more or less with no message, except for that they were against everything that Obama was for, and no policies", Mollineau told Business Insider. "Just think about what a unified American nation could achieve", he said.

Jesse Ferguson, a top spokesman for Hillary Clinton's 2016 campaign, said that any change in party focus has to leave room for candidates to create their own nuance.

Pelosi is a prolific fundraiser for her party, and a savvy legislator with few rivals on Capitol Hill when it comes to cutting the deals necessary to keep government in motion.

House Democratic leaders are taking some comfort in coming in a close second for a seat that's always been firmly in GOP hands.


Other members were even more blunt in their assessment of the Georgia defeat and Pelosi's culpability.

"I'm in my 10th term and I certainly have never seen someone who is smarter in the kind of backroom maneuvering that Nancy Pelosi does", said Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill.

In April, in Kansas, in the first contested seat since the inauguration, another Republican candidate held off a Democrat to secure another congressional win.

More than $50 million was spent on the race, which made it the most expensive congressional election in history.

But with Republicans re-energized after the Georgia win, they're praying she doesn't go anywhere anytime soon.

"Nancy Pelosi is not the only reason that Ossoff lost", Rep. Filemon Vela (D-Texas) added.

The one thing we can be sure of was that this election was an economic boom for advertisers and media outlets. The legislation faces unanimous opposition from Democrats and skepticism from some Republicans, who have voiced concern about the secrecy of the drafting process. "It's not enough to dislike Trump".


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