More Democratic House Candidates Consider Disavowing Pelosi

Clay Curtis
March 19, 2018

The House Minority Leader pushed back at talk that the victory of the Democrat's Pennsylvania special election candidate Connor Lamb-who said he would like to see Pelosi replaced-was a referendum on her leadership in Congress' lower chamber. Tip O'Neill was the target. Lamb released an ad distancing himself from the House minority leader.

Tim RyanTimothy (Tim) John RyanFormer Pelosi challenger: I have no "interest in running for leadership again" 2020 Dem contenders travel to key primary states 36 people who could challenge Trump in 2020 MORE (D-Ohio), who challenged Pelosi's leadership after the Democrats' election drubbing in 2016, said Wednesday.

Reeves would know: Paul Davis, in Kansas's 2nd Congressional District, is one of the handful of candidates to publicly oppose Pelosi, saying that Congress is "broken". "I think he ran on his positive agenda", Pelosi responded.

Lamb faced an onslaught of attacks from his opponent and other Republican groups attempting to link him to Pelosi. Pelosi dismissed Lamb's disavowal of her, saying it was not a factor in his success. "I think that we have an important case to make that they're coming after me because of my city and they're against LGBT and they're against poor children - that's been my mantra - the poor children in America that I'm here to support".

"I've been calling that for a number of years now that it's time for new leadership in both parties quite frankly", said Wisconsin Democratic Rep. Ron Kind earlier this week.

Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-N.Y.), chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, suggested the Republicans are targeting Pelosi, not because of her politics, but because of her gender.

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His comments have generated a strong political backlash, not least as there appear to be inconsistencies in the account. The then Tourism Minister "endeavoured to do what I could about it" and "rang" Clare County Council to enquire.

"My opponent wants you to believe that the biggest issue in this campaign is Nancy Pelosi".

The former Obama administration official said Pelosi will continue being a very successful fundraiser, but she noted that other Democrats have stepped up on that front.

Plus, just disavowing her won't stop Republicans from using Pelosi against Democratic candidates. "So they need to move on from that". But she downplayed the power of that strategy to decide races.

Pelosi said the attacks against her are an effort to demonize her "a s the leader of the Democratic Party" and that whoever is in her position faces such attacks.

When you have those ideological divisions, each party's leadership will inevitably reflect where the party is; you aren't going to get a presidential nominee or a congressional leader who comes from the Democratic Party's right flank or the Republican Party's left flank. It raises the prospect of a slate of Democratic hopefuls running against the party's House leader as they try to neutralize one of the GOP's go-to attacks - a pillar of Republicans' plan to keep the House majority in November. I feel pretty confident about my ability to, first and foremost, be a master legislator for the good of the American people.

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