‘I’m Worth the Trouble': Nancy Pelosi Defiant as Members Discuss Ousting Her

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.”I feel very confident about the support that I have in my caucus”, Pelosi said at a press conference in the Capitol after Republicans featured her in nearly every ad attacking Democrat Jon Ossoff in the Georgia congressional race which he lost Tuesday.Rep. Tim Ryan, who unsuccessfully challenged Pelosi for minority leader previous year, told Business Insider he did not know how Democrats could take the House in 2018 if the GOP was successfully able to convince independents and Republicans that a vote for a Democratic candidate is essentially a vote for Pelosi’s leadership. But, Vela insisted “that would all change now”, adding that while the House Democratic Caucus ultimately determines who the new leader would be, “if it’s somebody like Tim Ryan, I would certainly support him”.It always starts with rumblings from back-benchers and denials from leadership, but make no mistake, the long knives are out for Democrat Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi in the wake of the Jon Ossoff’s loss to Karen Handel in GA-6 Tuesday.Led by Reps. Kathleen Rice (D-N.Y.), Seth Moulton (D-Mass.) and Tim Ryan (D-Ohio), at least some in the group believe Pelosi has to go in order for Democrats to have a chance to win the House back in November 2018. Republicans – including President Donald Trump – have professed their glee that she’s still minority leader. The two have repeatedly sparred, with Schumer most recently releasing a video parodying the president’s praise-filled cabinet meeting. And Republican Ralph Norman defeated Democrat Archie Parnell on Tuesday in SC for the House seat vacated by White House budget director Mick Mulvaney.Half of Democrats (49 percent) view Pelosi favorably, while 1 in 4 Democrats (26 percent) have an unfavorable view of her. “We haven’t been talking about these direct economic issues that people are talking about”, he said. But guess what? It works, they’re winning.”I’d like to keep her right where she is, because our record is extraordinary against her”, Trump said in a Fox News interview.In 2010, when she was seeking the state’s Republican gubernatorial nomination, Handel laughed when asked whether she supports marriage equality.”I think I’m worth the trouble”, Pelosi said at her weekly briefing with reporters on Thursday at the Capitol.Texas Democrats say they feel confident they’ll be able to turn red districts blue in the 2018 midterms.Republicans tied Ossoff to Pelosi during the heated campaign which was thought to be the death knell for the aspiring young liberal politician. That’s the first one I think he didn’t write.In December, Pelosi stated that she doesn’t think Democratic voters actually want a new direction, but now even Democratic lawmakers are starting to disagree with her.”We don’t agonize, we organize”, she added.’We know know exactly how to run against a Nancy Pelosi-led party, ‘ he continued.Rep. Tim Ryan of OH, who has been a vocal critic of his party’s overarching political strategy, said Democrats needed to recognize that they were “toxic” in huge parts of the country.