Nancy Pelosi is hurting Democrats at ballot box, Rep. Tim Ryan says

Posted June 26, 2017

Pelosi was hailed as a driving force behind Democrats' victory in 2006, when the party seized both houses of Congress and set the stage for victory in the 2008 presidential election. Democrats are clearly desperate for votes, particularly since their losses to Republicans since the Trump election have been against candidates that do not seem very appealing.

Republican Ralph Norman defeated Archie Parnell in Tuesday's special election for South Carolina's 5th congressional district, and in Georgia, Republican Karen Handel defeated Democrat Jon Ossoff in the most expensive House race in history.

Ryan told CNN that his constituents are more concerned about economic issues than congressional investigations into allegations of collusion between members of the Trump campaign and Russian officials.

"We should stop talking about Trump all the time, and Russian Federation". "They're anxious about paying the bills, what's happening with our pension, how much does it cost to send a kid to school, what's our energy bill like".

Pelosi isn't in danger of losing the leadership perch she's long held, though she did fend off her toughest challenge ever last fall from Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, who argued the party needed someone who better understood the rural, working-class voters that were critical to President Trump's victory over Hillary Clinton a year ago. He has argued that Democrats should avoid engaging in identity politics and instead focus on issues affecting the middle class.

"We can do it because it's Donald Trump, but I mean, you think, what if it was John Kasich?"

There's also an even more basic reality: Showing that the party will dump its leader if Republicans are persistently negative enough about that leader only gives the GOP more incentive to use aggressive tactics - and puts the next Democratic leader on tepid ground from the outset. The party took a step in that direction in November when almost one-third of them (68 in total) voted against her for leader - the most ever. 'Nancy Pelosi is not the only reason that Ossoff lost.

That's because they think she helps them win elections. "We're paving a way for a new generation of leadership".

Massachusetts Democratic Rep Seth Moulton echoed Rice's complaints, saying 'It's clear that, I think, across the board in the Democratic Party we need new leadership.

She complained of the "vitriolic things that they say that resulted in calls to my home constantly, threats in front of my grandchildren - really, predicated on their comments and their paid ads". "But she certainly is one of the reasons".

"We're used to that", said New Jersey Democratic Rep. Bill Pascrell. And she remains the party's most prodigious fundraiser, bringing in $567.9 million for the party since she joined leadership in 2002. Since 2002, Pelosi has hauled in $568 million for House Democratic campaigns - including $141 million during the 2016 campaign cycle.

"Every effort was made to win last night".

But that's also part of the dilemma for Democrats: Pelosi is hard to dislodge as long as she wants to stay on as leader. On Thursday, the National Republican Senatorial Committee sent out a press release attacking Nevada Democratic Rep. Jacky Rosen over her ties to Pelosi. "We don't agonize. We organize".