"I need to step back and do what's best for this party'".
Keeping Pelosi, in leadership since 2003 and formerly the first female speaker of the House, would actually be a boon for the GOP, former Republican House Speaker Newt Gingrich told "Fox & Friends" Thursday.
And the losses may help the party clarify its message, which is lost somewhere between the liberal leanings of Bernie Sanders and the cautious middle-of-the-roaders like Ossoff. But the race was notable for one other major reason: It was the most expensive congressional House race ever.
But no. Nancy Pelosi is still their party's prom queen. She is a great leader. Ralph Norman (R) defeated Democrat Archie Parnell in a special election for South Carolina's 5th Congressional District, a seat previously held by Trump's budget director, Mick Mulvaney. And then she continued: "At some point we have to be willing to say that yes, lots of conservative voters are hateful and willing to embrace bigots". "But we're still losing".
"We're paving a way for a new generation of leadership, and I respect any opinion that my members have", she said.
Frustrated Democrats pondered the party's future and questioned its campaign messaging on Wednesday after a demoralizing defeat in a Georgia congressional race widely seen as a referendum on President Donald Trump's young administration. "The honest answer is in some areas of the country, yes, she is", he replied. I have enormous respect for her.
"Unfortunately a loss for us, but not good news for them", Pelosi told the rank-and-file in a closed door meeting Wednesday morning, according to Democrats present.
"The margins that we've been able to close and the gap narrowing is incredibly encouraging", said Tariq Thowfeek, a spokesperson Texas Democratic Party.
Republicans. One such ad warned that Ossoff would be a "rubber stamp for Pelosi's agenda". It's time for new leadership.
"Oh my gosh. Ugh", Handel said to Elliot about running again in a short matter of time.
That drew criticism of Pelosi from fellow Democrats. Throughout the two-month campaign, Republican candidate Karen Handel consistently labeled Democrat Jon Ossoff "Nancy Pelosi's handpicked candidate". Pelosi was a central figure in the millions of dollars in ads Republicans ran against Ossoff, even though Ossoff had never even committed to supporting Pelosi as Minority Leader.
That tactic clearly paid off. Handel was able to defeat Ossoff by almost four points, despite Ossoff's historic fundraising numbers and the additional millions infused into the race by the national Democratic party.