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Group of Democrats meet behind closed doors to consider ousting Pelosi

“As long as Leader Pelosi is perceived as the leader of the House Democratic Caucus Republicans are going to continue to spend millions and millions of dollars in those swing districts to convince those swing voters, those independent voters, those Republican voters who might go our way, not to vote for our Democratic candidate because of Leader Pelosi”, Vela said.After Karen Handel won the special election in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District, President Trump claimed the GOP was 5-0 in special elections.The White House is suggesting that a Republican win in Georgia’s special House election on Tuesday was a personal victory for President Donald Trump.Handel becomes the first Republican woman to represent Georgia in Congress.But the GOP’s flawless 4-0 contested special-election record in 2017 now gives Capitol Hill Republicans some cover to pass their ObamaCare repeal-and-replace bill, a major tax-reform package and other legislative priorities.As the results rolled in Tuesday, AshLee Strong, spokeswoman to House Speaker Paul Ryan, mused over Twitter, “Remember when they told us we’d be punished in the special elexs for following through on our promise to (hash) RepealAndReplace (hash) obamacare?” A super PAC backed by Ryan spent $7 million alone; the national GOP’s House campaign arm added $4.5 million. “But I think it bodes well for the president’s agenda for now”. Most recently, Tom Price resigned in February to join Trump’s administration.Trump himself weighed in over Twitter Thursday morning with digs at Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of NY.”Clearly Karen Handel defended us on (healthcare) and ran on, ‘We need to get this stuff done”.In a Tuesday night tweet, Trump congratulated Handel and said “we are all very proud of you!” Rep. Joe Crowley of NY, chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, said that there are 71 districts that will be more favorable for Democrats to contest than the one in Georgia. “And usually they go after the most effective leaders, because they want to take us, diminish the opportunity that we have”.”If we take back the House in 2018 then I think she’d stay leader”, said Rep. Ruben Gallego, D-Ariz. The seats they ultimately won this year were already mostly Republican-leaning districts – and many will argue that the GOP should have won all of them handily.The Georgia race was the most expensive House race in history, with many millions spent on both sides.Hoyer said about the 2018 midterms, “I think we can win back the House, I really believe that”.Had the Democratic Party focused more attention and resources on the SC special election, which was largely overshadowed by the contest in Georgia, it may have been able to pull off an upset. While the Georgia race was a tempting target after Trump turned in a relatively weak showing there in 2016, it still leaned Republican and Romney had won the district by a whopping 24 percentage points in 2012.”It should be a wake-up call for Democrats”.”Obviously, I wasn’t too confident about it, as the Democrats had this massive fundraising advantage and there was all of this enthusiasm” on the left, said Curbelo, who represents a district that Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonSpecial election sweep boosts Trump agenda The Memo: Trump vote proves resilient in Georgia special election win Changing America, part V: The coming millennial boom MORE won a year ago. I just feel like we’re so disconnected from what real people are thinking about. “Either you run scared or unopposed”.”We need to have a plan, we need to have a vision, we need to tell Americans why Democrats will be better, not just why Trump is bad”, the Massachusetts Democrat said.