Group of Democrats meet behind closed doors to consider ousting Pelosi

Pelosi has faced a growing chorus of criticism since Democrat Jon Ossoff came up short in Tuesday's Georgia special congressional election - the latest in a string of defeats for the party.

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". Pelosi told fellow House Democrats in a letter Wednesday, "The House was in play before the Georgia race". Had the Democrats won, it would have been a "major blow" to President Donald Trump and his Republican allies, and could have hindered the progress of the controversial Republican healthcare bill and other legislation.

"I am a strategic politically astute leader", Pelosi said. When it comes to her detractors, Pelosi said "my decision about how long I stay is not up to them". "They always want to choose our leaders", she said.

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After announcing he is planning to challenge Rep. Mark Sanford (R-S.C.) next year, Democrat Joe Cunningham on Wednesday tweeted, "If elected, I will not vote for Nancy Pelosi for speaker".

Democrats will not irrationally argue that these close races in four Republican-leaning districts is evidence of a party revival.

As Democrats point fingers in the wake of Jon Ossoff's loss in a Georgia special election on Tuesday, some of them are aimed at Nancy Pelosi, the party's longtime House leader, who appeared in nearly every GOP attack ad broadcast in the most expensive House race in history.

While Rice acknowledged the credit Pelosi has been given by her colleagues for being a great fundraiser, Rice noted that the money hasn't helped Democrats win elections.

(CNN) Democrats lost a special election for a congressional seat they have not held in decades, so some are calling for the head of House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi.

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The response from some: It better be.

The memo talks about specific districts in Florida, New Jersey and Arizona where the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee says it has "tested the named head-to-head between Republican incumbents and specific Democrats, and the results are staggering".

This was a district that should have been winnable by the Democrats in this environment, but the demographic shift is not as pronounced as thought and in the end it was much hoopla about nothing.

Don Lemon, host of CNN Tonight, is quoted discussing that "Down in Georgia, in some parts, are running against Nancy Pelosi-and it's working".

Kathleen Rice, D-N.Y., Seth Moulton, D-Mass., and Tim Ryan, D-Ohio.

Rice also bemoaned the treatment Pelosi received from Republicans, but that didn't stop her from maintaining the former House speaker should be ousted.

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.

"So you want me to sing my praises, is that what you're saying?". If they hope to regain control of the House in 2018, these are exactly the sort of seats they will have to win.

It should be clear to Democrats that the progressive message is not resonating with Independents or blue-collar workers - some of whom are within their base.

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