Pelosi Between a Rock and a Hard Place: The Pressure Intensifies

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June 22, 2017Jun 22, 2017

Following the Democratic loss in the Georgia special House election Tuesday night, as well as a sense of stagnation under her leadership, Pelosi is finding herself increasingly cornered not by her rival Republicans, but by members of her own party.

According to Fox News, Pelosi may not necessarily be in danger from losing her position as House Democratic leader, but sentiment is growing among her cohorts of frustration and anger as a Trump-led government seems to continually be crowding Democrats out, who are starving for any good news.

“I think you’d have to be an idiot to think we could win the House with Pelosi at the top,” Rep. Filemon Vela, D-Tex., shared with Politico. “Nancy Pelosi is not the only reason that Ossoff lost, but she certainly is one of the reasons.”

Democrats are already seeking to distance themselves from her leadership. Democrat Joe Cunningham, contending against Republican Mark Sanford to unseat him in South Carolina, tweeted soon after announcing his candidacy: “If elected, I will not vote for Nancy Pelosi for speaker. Time to move forward and win again.”

Other Democrats have uttered more unsettling words in he regards. Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Oh, who ran against Pelosi in the last leadership election, indirectly attacked her by saying his party had grown spoiled and rotten in recent years.

“Here is the truth: The Democratic Party has a toxic brand, one that is worse than Donald Trump’s in many parts of the country,” Ryan said, according to Fox News.

What do Republicans think?

“I hope they keep Nancy for 10 more years. At least another decade,” said Newt Gingrich, former House Speaker on Fox & Friends Thursday. “We have all the ads done. They worked perfectly in Georgia. We know how to run against a Nancy Polis-run party.”

Trump joined the discussion through a tweet, saying: “I certainly hope the Democrats do not force Nancy P out. That would be very bad for the Republican Party.”

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