Democratic lawmaker criticizes party brand, Pelosi

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"You see these commercials that tie these candidates to Leader Pelosi, week in and week out in these last several months".

No other Democrat possesses the stature to match those accomplishments.

Jon Ossoff's defeat in Georgia's special House election - an election Democrats hoped would have been a referendum on President Donald Trump - has renewed some soul searching among its members.

They explain their totals includes money raised for the party not directly controlled by her committees. "You know, when I was growing up, and you'd ask my grandfather or my grandmother, you know, why are we democrats, and it was the Democrats are for working class people".

"As long as Leader Pelosi is perceived as the leader of the House Democratic Caucus", Vela said, "Republicans are going to continue to spend millions and millions of dollars in those swing districts to convince those swing voters, those independent voters - those Republican voters who might go our way - not to vote for our Democratic candidate because of Leader Pelosi".

She benefits from a dearth of younger colleagues tagged as heirs to her leadership, and no up-and-coming Democrat can match her fundraising skills, no matter which figures are used. Rep. Kathleen Rice (D-NY) seemed to agree.

And Rep. Tim Ryan criticized Pelosi along with his party's brand and its outreach to voters. His 2015-16 giving was well behind Pelosi a year ago, at $592,500. "If we don't, then I think it's incumbent upon her and all of us to reassess who our leadership should be". "We have a lot of talent in the Democratic Party", but she pointed out that "we don't have an infrastructure in our caucus allowing more voices to be heard, and that's the problem".

Pelosi insists Democrats still have a shot at winning the majority in next year's midterm elections, saying, "The House remains in play now".

The California Democrat said she was proud to support "progressive ideals".

She was elected to Congress in a special 1987 election.

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That non-answer didn't work - so some Democrats on Wednesday were going further in distancing themselves from the former speaker.

According to the CRP, Pelosi ranks third in generosity to other candidates over the past 27 years, behind Hoyer ($11.8 million) and former Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio ($11.1 million). "We don't agonize. We organize". And there are more Democrats in the United States than there are Republicans.

"This is such an important election because of what goes on in D.C.", said Tom Greathouse, 52, a business owner who supported Handel. Pelosi's PAC gave $496,000. Georgia's outcome follows similar results in Montana, Kansas and SC, where Republicans won special House races by much narrower margins than they managed as recently as November. "But her time has come and gone".

Rep. Seth Moulton echoed her complaints in a Wednesday interview with CNN's Jake Tapper.

"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".

Democratic Party divisions are on stark display after a disappointing special election loss in a hard-fought Georgia congressional race.

Ryan, Pelosi's opponent last fall, said that Pelosi's continued role as the GOP's favorite bogeyman makes it "a heck of a lot harder" for Democrats as they try to notch victories in the GOP-friendly districts they will need to win next year.

"With Hollywood elites and Nancy Pelosi bankrolling his campaign, it's no secret that Ossoff would rubber stamp Pelosi's failed agenda of bigger government and more spending", Corey Bliss, executive director of the GOP-friendly Congressional Leadership Fund, said just before the Georgia election.

That reality was the subtext for Pelosi's taunting remarks Thursday in which she cast her Democratic critics as hungry for attention rather than serious about ousting her.

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