Democrat Leader Blames Gerrymandering For Special Election Loss

Monday, 26 Jun, 2017

"Democrats haven't won there in 37 years", he said of the former speaker of the House.

The response from some: It better be.

Filemon Vela Jr. explained Friday why he had joined a handful of Democratic members calling for House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi to resign from her leadership post.

Democrats hold 193 seats and need to gain 24 to be in the majority. "She has been a great leader, but like every leader, time immemorial, it's time for people to know when to go", Rice said. "The House remains in play now". And we need a message.

On Thursday, Trump jumped into the political fray, taking a swipe at Pelosi and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer in a tweet.

On June 22, Trump took to Twitter to urge House Democrats to keep Pelosi as their leader, asserting that her national profile was an asset to GOP candidates.

The report comes as some Democrats criticized Pelosi after the party suffered several recent special election losses, including in Georgia this week.

"We as Democrats have to come to terms with the fact that we lost again", said Rep. Seth Moulton, D-Mass. "They're winning, and we're losing". So it's time for change.

A defiant Nancy Pelosi made it clear she's not going anywhere, brushing off critics from her own party saying "I think I'm worth the trouble".

"My decision about how long I stay is not up to them", Pelosi told reporters on Capitol Hill, adding that she welcomed the prospect of a fight.

Ryan talked about his party last night on Hardball.

She's the ultimate expression of "San Francisco values", and nobody's buying those anywhere but in San Francisco.

However, Pelosi said she welcomes the questioning of her leadership - while also suggesting that her critics are just seeking media attention. She has the "overwhelming support" of her caucus, she said. The contests to fill those open seats increased Republican margins in Congress, while disappointing Democrats who saw the special elections as an early test for the Trump presidency.

Republican Karen Handel beat Democrat Jon Ossoff in the race for the Georgia seat vacated by Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, dashing Democratic hopes to pull off an upset in the runup to the 2018 midterm elections. They demonized her in 2006.

"If you look at the numbers, these are all seats where just seven months ago (Republicans) won by double digits, and they were nail-biters after Trump takes office", said Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., co-chair of the Democratic Steering and Policy Committee.

Senator Chris Murphy of CT told MSNBC that Democrats needed to focus on economic growth and "get back to being a big tent party". "It's not enough to dislike Trump".