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Angry Democrats turn against leaders after House election losses

24 June 2017, 01:31 | Rex Hubbard

House minority leader Nancy Pelosi is facing calls from within her own party to step down from the leadership post after a string of special election losses in districts where Democrats had hoped to capitalize on President Donald Trump's sinking popularity.

Billionaire and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg weighed in on Democrat Jon Ossoff's loss in the special election for Georgia's 6th district during an appearance on The View on Wednesday.

Pelosi added that Republicans have long sought to target Democratic leaders in their advertising, "and usually they go after the most effective leaders". In all four states, Democrats bolstered their historical performance in districts they lost by double-digit margins previous year.

Pelosi, in a letter to colleagues, said that when Trump nominated House members to serve in his administration, he chose them from Republican districts the party knew it could win.

The Congressional Leadership fund raised $6.2 million alone for Handel - about a third of the $18 million Handel's campaign raised from outside political groups. "Fantastic job, we are all very proud of you!" tweeted Trump, who had publicly implored Republicans to troop to the polls to back the candidate. But in the second half of her 15 years as caucus leader, the Democrats in the House have been in a steady decline, losing the House majority in 2010, and continuing to lose seats.

She said she feels "very confident" in the support she has from her caucus, but claimed ownership over the "timing" for her role as minority leader. "Personally I think it's time for a new generation of leadership in the party".

With the support of a notoriously republican district and of President Trump, Handel was able to defeat Ossoff by over 12-thousand votes. Trump said, referring to Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.

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Kathleen Rice of NY, a frequent critic of Democrat leaders, told CNN's "New Day" that it's time for a leadership change and a winning strategy.

The Massachusetts Democrat, speaking on CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper" Wednesday afternoon, made his comments following his party's failure to win a closely watched special election in Georgia.

Kathleen Rice of NY, led a meeting of anti-Pelosi House Democrats.

It's true Trump isn't wildly popular here, and Handel and her campaign underwhelmed some Republicans.

"When it comes to personal ambition and having fun on TV, have your fun", Pelosi said. That drew criticism of Pelosi from fellow Democrats. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, who was unsuccessful previous year in trying to unseat Pelosi.

Asked by Lemon if he thought Pelosi was more toxic than Trump, Ryan said yes. But Pelosi insisted she's already done that by bringing younger members into leadership. "We gave them a run for their money".



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