Democratic lawmaker criticizes party brand, Pelosi

Marsha Scott
June 27, 2017

She said she is not interested in running for Pelosi's post or other leadership posts, but said there are discussions among some Democrats about next steps. "I thrive on competition". "But I am honored by the support".

The White House is suggesting that a Republican win in Georgia's special House election on Tuesday was a personal victory for President Donald Trump.

Ryan told reporters Wednesday "there's a level of depression" among members and said bluntly, "Our brand is toxic". Handel and Republican outside groups tied Ossoff to Pelosi in campaign events and television ads, casting him as a puppet for what they described as her liberal agenda and "San Francisco values".

Rice has been a vocal critic of Pelosi's since the 2016 election and was supportive in the fall when Ohio Democratic Rep. Tim Ryan challenged her for the top leadership position. But Pelosi maintained that familiar GOP strategy only proves she is an asset.

Any effective leader, she said, would be a target of the opposition.

Pelosi touted her own leadership bonafides, characterizing herself as "a master legislator" and a "strategic, politically astute leader".

"I respect the comments of some in our caucus, but right now we must be unified in order to defeat Trumpcare", the minority leader said in a written statement to CNN. Ryan added, "I don't think it's fair".

In 2010, it was Pelosi and then-President Barack Obama. Dem gov nominee MORE had won the presidential election last November.

And progressive activists' willingness to pour millions of dollars' worth of small-dollar online contributions into Ossoff's campaign - donations fueled nearly entirely by a desire to deal Trump a political setback - was what convinced Democrats to take the race seriously.

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"This takes the knowledge and experience that I have ... to make this fight", she said.

According to the Center for Responsive Politics, at least $56.7 million was spent on the special election.

Rep. Seth Moulton, a Massachusetts Democrat, told CNN his party needed new leadership. "And usually they go after the most effective leaders, because they want to take us, diminish the opportunity that we have".

Rice attended the closed-door House Democratic caucus meeting on Wednesday morning but said she did not raise the issue in the session, and no other members brought up the idea of a leadership change. And her top two deputies have also stayed in the Democratic leadership hierarchy for more than a decade: 78-year-old House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (Md.) and 76-year-old Assistant Democratic Leader Jim Clyburn (S.C.).

"The Democratic Party needs new leadership now". But he said there is no doubt that "this is one occasion when we ought to say he deserves to take a victory lap".

"Maybe they don't want to play in the arena, but I'm very proud of the members who do". "It should be a wake-up call for Democrats".

Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., left, walks offstage after speaking at an election night party for Democratic candidate for 6th Congressional District Jon Ossoff in Atlanta, Tuesday, June 20, 2017. I'm not disrespectful of people's views.

"There are about a handful of people who are now seriously considering it", Rice said. "But my decision about how long I stay is not up to them".

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