Published: Sat, June 24, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

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

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

But with Republicans re-energized after the Georgia win, they're praying she doesn't go anywhere anytime soon. And they've been winning a lot. "That would be very bad for the Republican Party - and please let Cryin' Chuck stay!" he tweeted.

Trump tweeted Thursday morning as some Democrats call for their House minority leader's ouster after Tuesday's special election loss in Georgia. With Jaffe addressing issues like single-payer healthcare and President Trump tweeting that he hopes the Democrats keep her, Pelosi's next primary competition could end up being her most challenging election yet. In the closely watched Georgia 6th District race, Democrat Jon Ossoff lost despite $30 million spent to back his bid against Republican Karen Handel.

"I feel very confident about the support that I have in my caucus", Pelosi said at a press conference in the Capitol after Republicans featured her in nearly every ad attacking Democrat Jon Ossoff in the Georgia congressional race which he lost Tuesday.

David Wasserman, who analyzes House races for the nonpartisan Cook Political Report, wrote Wednesday that the results Tuesday in Georgia and another special election in SC "were far from a disaster for Democrats, and Republicans shouldn't be tempted to believe their House majority is safe". Veteran GOP ad-maker Brad Todd says that's because the San Francisco congresswoman is the personification of the liberal values they can't stomach. And we need a message. And I'm mad at Trump, but I'm madder at the Democrats for letting him get in.

"I'm worth the trouble, quite frankly", she said.

"This is not anything personal between me and Nancy Pelosi".

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Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, had challenged Pelosi for her leadership position earlier this year, and agreed, during an interview on CNN Wednesday night, that Republicans' ads using her as a Democratic boogey-woman have been effective. "It still moves voters", Ryan said.

In December, Pelosi stated that she doesn't think Democratic voters actually want a new direction, but now even Democratic lawmakers are starting to disagree with her.

"Right now, what I'm pushing for is a conversation within the caucus", Rice said.

That reality was the subtext for Pelosi's taunting remarks Thursday in which she cast her Democratic critics as hungry for attention rather than serious about ousting her. When it comes to her detractors, Pelosi said "my decision about how long I stay is not up to them".

But at her weekly press conference, Pelosi shrugged of concerns that she was dragging down the party.

But Democrats don't necessarily need her or anyone to play the role of a former occupant of the seat Handel just won, Newt Gingrich, who led the Republican takeover of the House in 1994 with his Contract for America.

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The top three House Democrats are now Pelosi, who is 77; Maryland Rep. Steny Hoyer, who is 78; and South Carolina Rep. Jim Clyburn, who is 76. Now, with Obama and Reid gone, Republicans have occasionally tried latching Democratic senators to Chuck Schumer and Elizabeth Warren, with mixed results. His 2015-16 giving was well behind Pelosi past year, at $592,500.

That non-answer didn't work - so some Democrats on Wednesday were going further in distancing themselves from the former speaker.

A defiant Pelosi told reporters Thursday that she was "very confident" about the support that she had from fellow Democrats who now number 193.

"What I really think is that leader Pelosi, looking forward to the 2018 election, has to ask herself this question: do I help Democrats win swing districts, which we need to win in 2018, or do I not? Time to move forward and win again", tweeted Joe Cunningham, a Democrat who is running against Rep. Mark Sanford in SC.

In the Georgia election, Republicans used a tactic they've been using for years, setting up the liberal Pelosi as a villain who needs to be stopped.

Yet neither Ossoff's campaign nor the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee attempted to tie Republican victor Karen Handel to Trump in a television ad even once. But their reluctance left Ossoff running on a milquetoast message, allowing Republicans to drive the narrative that he would be a Pelosi lackey on Capitol Hill.

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