Defiant Nancy Pelosi says she's not going anywhere

Bruno Cirelli
Giugno 25, 2017

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".

The response from some: It better be.

Democratic lawmakers said that Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Ca.) should step down as the leader of the party as the embattled House Minority Leader defended her leadership. "And usually they go after the most effective leaders".

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif. speaks to reporters during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, June 22, 2017. "The House remains in play now".

"We are listening - we're listening to other members of the caucus and we're just facilitating a conversation that I think we all agree needs to [happen]", Moulton said afterwards.

On that point, Ryan agreed that the Democrats need to focus less on President Donald Trump and more on economic issues.

The renegade Democrats resurfaced again this week, after Tuesday's loss by Ossoff in a Georgia special election that received intense national coverage.

Eboni Williams said that Democrats are "delusional" and "living in an echo chamber" if they want to stick with Pelosi in the face of mounting losses.

Pelosi, who represents California's bay area, was featured in numerous attack ads aired in Georgia's 6th Congressional District leading up to the run off.

Another Democrat who has been pushing for leadership changes, Rep. Filemon Vela of Texas, told CNN the group didn't make any decisions at Thursday's meeting, but those who participated believe there is growing unrest among House Democrats about the direction of the current leadership team.

"One of the disappointing things from the last couple of days is that that approach still has a little bit of punch to it".

None of that suggests that Pelosi faces an immediate challenge to her leadership.

They explain their totals includes money raised for the party not directly controlled by her committees. Even in the minority, the votes she commands are often needed to pass spending bills or other must-pass legislation that House conservatives disdain, and GOP speakers have had to come to her repeatedly hat in hand.

She also dismissed the notion that the Republicans' longtime tactic to hold her up as a partisan lightening rod drags down public opinion about fellow congressional Democrats and candidates.

"Maybe I should, but the fact is what I want to do is have these members present themselves", she said. "At least another decade", former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said. Most notably, Karen Handel won a Georgia Congressional seat against "dream" Democrat candidate Jon Ossoff. More than $50 million was spent on the race in Atlanta's wealthy suburbs, making it the costliest House race in history.

Rep. Rice disagreed, saying, "There is a consensus, I think, that we can reach in the caucus that allows for a new leadership team to be put in place in a time that's well before, hopefully, November of next year".

Instead, he said Democrats need to focus on developing a message that wins over voters in Republican-leaning districts. "It's not enough to dislike Trump".

On Thursday morning at her weekly briefing, Pelosi fielded several questions about calls for her to go.

There is no doubt that Pelosi is in a rather hard position and was an easy target for the Republicans, as they mocked by saying that Pelosi should remain in office, for as long as possible, since they have already prepared ads to take her and her team down, each time.

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