Another leadership test for Pelosi, who's weathered many

Pelosi defends leadership following special election loss - WAOW - Newsline 9, Wausau News, Weather, Sports

Pelosi, 77, has led the House Democratic caucus for almost 15 years, from the minority into the majority and back again.

Moulton is one of the House Democrats who has been most vocal in calling for a new generation of leadership.

"I think that she's a tremendous leader of our caucus, with the kind of strategic talent and experience that we really need to succeed in the minority and particularly when we don't control the House or Senate", said Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif. No other potential up-and-coming Democratic challenger to her leadership comes close.

She acknowledged the attacks but added: "I think I'm worth the trouble".

In the wake of a dispiriting loss for Democrats in a Georgia special House race, Pelosi is confronting renewed questions about her leadership, especially because she was the focus of a torrent of negative advertising in the Georgia election casting her as a San Francisco liberal and linking her to the Democratic candidate.

Here's a huge reason Nancy Pelosi maintains her iron grip on House Democrats, even after another bruising - and in many party circles embarrassing - election loss: Her ability to raise lots and lots of money.

"This is not anything personal between me and Nancy Pelosi".

Ryan predicted it would be "very hard" for his party to win back control of the House with the constant "commercials that tie these candidates to leader Pelosi week in and week out". He says the vote shows people want Congress to move forward with Trump's plans.

"I think there was consensus within the room that there are other members within the caucus who feel just like we do", Texas Rep. Filemon Vela told CNN.

"The issue I think strategically is that Trump energizes their base and Leader Pelosi energizes their base", said Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, who was unsuccessful previous year in trying to unseat Pelosi.

"It's a tactic. And it's self-evident", Pelosi said.

But Pelosi's camp signaled she is taking the grumbling seriously. "And usually they go after the most effective leaders, because they want to take us, diminish the opportunity that we have". More than $50 million was spent on the race in Atlanta's wealthy suburbs, making it the costliest House race in history.

And Pelosi's fundraising prowess?

Pelosi said Republicans will always make a target of Democratic leaders, saying they did so with legendary former House Speaker Tip O'Neill and many others.

Pelosi's potential successors have included former Rep. Rahm Emanuel - but he left the House to become Obama's chief of staff and later to run for mayor of Chicago.

Democrats lost another race in SC that same night, and that followed previous disappointments in Montana and Kansas. "She is a great leader".

Several Democratic lawmakers have said Pelosi's position as a prominent face of the Democratic Party will continue to make winning elections hard.

Pelosi said that would be fine with her.

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