Pelosi on calls for new leadership: 'I'm worth the trouble, quite frankly'

Remigio Civitarese
Giugno 24, 2017

"Well, I'm a master legislator". "I welcome the discussion, but I am honored by the support".

Thinking of how many hungry mouths could be fed, how many children could get healthcare or how many addicts could get help with the $60 million spent on this race should concern everyone. On June 22, The New York Times front-page headline read "Democrats Fume as Georgia Loss Deepens Discord".

All the races were on GOP-friendly terrain.

In a separate Politico story, Rep. Filemon Vela, D-Texas, blasted Pelosi and said she was one of the reasons why Ossoff lost to Republican Karen Handel. As it stands, many members of the Democratic caucus still see Pelosi as their defacto leader and until a suitable challenger arises, she'll remain just that.

Pelosi's most logical challenger would be Rep. Joseph Crowley, D-N.Y., 55, the House Democratic Caucus chairman.

"We need a winning strategy and I think the first step to getting to a winning strategy is a change in leadership", Rice told CNN's Chris Cuomo on "New Day".

"This is certainly something that we have to discuss because it's clear that, I think, across the board in the Democratic Party, we need new leadership", the MA lawmaker said. "I happen to have a different opinion, and I think it's important for people in my position to not be afraid to speak truth to power". "That would be very bad for the Republican Party". And she remains the party's most prodigious fundraiser, bringing in $567.9 million for the party since she joined leadership in 2002.

Democrats hoped growing dissatisfaction with Trump, particularly within this stratum of Republicans, would allow them to pick up a seat and "generate momentum" for 2018.

She complained of the "vitriolic things that they say that resulted in calls to my home constantly, threats in front of my grandchildren - really, predicated on their comments and their paid ads". Rosen is a likely candidate for Senate against the most endangered GOP Senate incumbent, Dean Heller of Nevada.

Congressman Bill Pascrell of New Jersey says, "A loss is a loss is a loss, and there's no excuses".

Minority leader Nancy Pelosi thinks the Democratic Party is doing just fine despite her fellow Democrats thinking it's time for her to get the ax. We'll be playing in all of them.

"I think I'm worth the trouble, quite frankly".

Just hours before the news conference, moderate Democratic Rep. Kathleen Rice of NY reiterated her call that it was time for Pelosi to step aside.

But while Pelosi's critics are increasingly vocal, they have not yet answered critical questions about who would fill her leadership and fundraising roles if they were to mount a serious challenge for the perch atop the party Pelosi has held since 2002.

And since Handel defeated a 30-year-old Democrat in the most expensive House race in the country, she enters Congress with a relatively high profile, Lake noted.

Some, including Ossoff himself, characterized this election a chance for voters to indicate whether they truly approve or disapprove of the Trump presidency, saying that the election could "send a message that will be heard across the country and around the world".

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

"Well we have to be optimistic, and we have to keep on fighting", she said.

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