Democratic Rep. Filemon Vela: Pelosi 'doesn't help our candidates'

Democratic Rep. Filemon Vela: Pelosi 'doesn't help our candidates'”

Along with earlier wins in Kansas and Montana, Republicans are enjoying a special election sweep in House races over Democrats this year, albeit in Republican hotbeds.

Nonetheless, Republicans shouldn't get too cocky.

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

As Moulton raised questions in his Wednesday interview about relitigating that leadership fight, he referred to the need for a "new generation" of leaders in the party.

It's about all they can do. Rice said. "I want to win".

"I think you'd have to be an idiot to think we could win the House with Pelosi at the top", the California Democrat, who supported Pelosi in her effort to retain her party leadership position a year ago said.

Pelosi says the Democratic base is energized, adding, "We must now put forth our message". Democratic Rep. Kathleen Rice from NY told CNN that it's time for the Democrats to let her and the entire Democratic leadership team go.

It's understandable: Republican ads in Georgia painted the Democrat, Jon Ossoff, as sure to be a Pelosi pawn - a charge that has scored for the GOP in race after race over the last decade.

Pelosi dismissed concerns that she will be an albatross on members of her party in the 2018 midterms, arguing that she is a prolific fundraiser for Democrats, a savvy strategist and a "master legislator" who has kept her conference unified. "Do you think people went to the polls and said, 'Oh my God, we've got to stop Nancy Pelosi?' I don't think so", said Rep. John Larson, D-Conn. She said she would have voted for the House Republican health care bill, though she sometimes misrepresented its provisions in debates with Ossoff. It's not fair. It's not accurate in its attacks on our leader, but it's effective. And they've been winning a lot.

Rep. Nancy Pelosi representative of exhausted, ineffectual Democratic leadership?

"And what they hoped by making it a referendum on Trump was by saying Trump is bad, Trump is terrible, that would be enough to win and they didn't", said Schultz. In this week's election, Georgia voters, many of whom are skeptical of President Donald Trump and his tweets, demonstrated they nevertheless want more from an opposition than rants and adolescent rage over losing an election.

Ossoff ran a careful campaign and shied away from talking about Trump, and some groups on the left wasted no time in insisting Democrats must draw brighter contrasts with the GOP. "People in OH don't grab me about Russian Federation at all when I'm home", Ryan said. But Pelosi maintained that familiar GOP strategy only proves she is an asset.

In an appearance on "Fox & Friends" that aired on Friday, Trump said he would like Pelosi to stay right where she is because she has an "extraordinary record against her".

"We as Democrats have to come to terms with the fact that we lost again", said Rep. Seth Moulton, D-Mass. "He's just not one of us", one Republican ad concluded.

"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.

The campaign chief also touted the influx of potential candidates expressing interest in more than 95 House districts. "(Tom) Daschle was a target, Tip O'Neill was a target", Pelosi said. "But we have made a decision about where we're going on healthcare".

Pelosi said that would be fine with her. "I love the fray".

"I thrive on competition and I welcome the discussion".

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