Vela's comments come after he and several Democratic colleagues met privately Thursday afternoon to discuss ousting the house minority leader.
Democratic Party divisions are on stark display after a disappointing special election loss in a hard-fought.
As the map stands now, Democrats arguably don't need to take a win in Georgia to take back control of the House for the first time since 2010. "Well, I'm a master legislator". I'm a strategic, politically astute leader.
Democratic challenger Jon Ossof was hoping to flip the historically red district by campaigning not just against his opponent, but also President Trump. The district was seen as within reach to Democrats because Trump won there last November by only 1 percentage point. "When Democrats have lost a thousand seats and legislatures all over the country".
All the races were on GOP-friendly terrain. Democrats lost two other contested special elections earlier this year for Republican-held seats in conservative Kansas and Montana. They must pick up 24 seats to do so.
Rice said she has spoken with a number of other House Democrats following Tuesday's loss, and some of those members - including Democratic whip Steny Hoyer and assistant Democratic leader Jim Clyburn - share her concerns about the current leadership, . "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.
"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.
Trump himself weighed in over Twitter Thursday morning with digs at Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of NY. "That would be very bad for the Republican Party".
"Because it's a classic Republican line". "This was Newt Gingrich's old seat".
And for some, they point to questions about how their leaders, and Pelosi in particular, have fallen short in crafting an economic message that can counter Trump and yield election victories.
She acknowledged the attacks but added: "I think I'm worth the trouble".
Pelosi, 77, has led the House Democratic caucus for almost 15 years, from the minority into the majority and back again.
The victories could boost Republicans' confidence as they struggle to advance health and tax legislation that has been bogged down by infighting and investigations into whether Trump's campaign colluded with Russian Federation in last year's presidential election.
Despite the misleading commercial, the audio of Obama was actually the former president quoting somebody else - they weren't his own words, despite the ad presenting them as such. Nancy Pelosi's liberal agenda put America 20 trillion in debt, and Jon Ossoff is on her side. "We passed the Affordable Care Act, we passed Dodd-Frank", she added.