Rep. Moulton calls for new Democratic leadership

Posted June 26, 2017

Trump tweeted Thursday morning as some Democrats call for their House minority leader's ouster after Tuesday's special election loss in Georgia. They just don't know how to make it happen. "They're winning, and we're losing".

Several Democratic representatives, including Ryan, plan on discussing possible efforts to oust Pelosi on a meeting planned for Thursday.

It's about all they can do. "And at some point, the right thing to do ... is to defend her and her legacy", he said.

With the support of a notoriously republican district and of President Trump, Handel was able to defeat Ossoff by over 12-thousand votes.

Pelosi says the Democratic base is energized, adding, "We must now put forth our message".

She's been under fire over the last couple days, with some of her own caucus members saying it's time for her to step down, and potential Democratic candidates planning to run against her in their campaigns. Millions were spent in Georgia with ads linking Pelosi to Jon Ossoff, who lost to Republican Karen Handel on Tuesday.

Pelosi dismissed concerns that she will be an albatross on members of her party in the 2018 midterms, arguing that she is a prolific fundraiser for Democrats, a savvy strategist and a "master legislator" who has kept her conference unified.

Asked if Pelosi should remain the top House Democratic leader in the next Congress, her number two, Rep. Steny Hoyer of Maryland, told reporters "I understand that she is intending to stay" and added "I don't think anybody is going to impeach her".

And former Republican Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty said Handel's victory provides the GOP with a "huge relief and somewhat of a political sedative", CNN reported. "But when they go off on identity politics and 'Russia, Russia, Russia, ' they lose". And Republican Ralph Norman defeated Democrat Archie Parnell on Tuesday in SC for the House seat vacated by White House budget director Mick Mulvaney.

"But they had these attractive studios, and if Karen Handel had lost ... they would have been there for weeks talking about, this would've been the greatest defeat in the history of American politics", Trump said. The results suggest that Democrats will need more than low approval ratings for the president if they hope to achieve their goal of taking control of the House next year. "And I can see it; we are more unified then ever before", Trump insisted. People in Ohio, Don, aren't really talking about Russian Federation or Michael Flynn or Putin. "Nancy Pelosi is not the only reason that [Jon] Ossoff lost [in Georgia], but she certainly is one of the reasons".

Rep. Seth Moulton, a Massachusetts Democrat, told CNN his party needed new leadership. "We may have different beliefs, but we are part of one community, the community of the 6th District". I think it's time for a new generation of leadership.

The campaign chief also touted the influx of potential candidates expressing interest in more than 95 House districts. "When are we going to wake up?" He said defending Pelosi to voters would be an expensive endeavor, but it may be worth it. "I thrive on competition, and I welcome the discussion", she said.

The minority leader also responded to Republican attack ads in Georgia and elsewhere that targeted her record and her San Francisco district.