Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi continues to take heat from within her party this week, as Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) stated on “Meet the Press” that Pelosi was “damaged goods” as a leader.
“We have to go into 2018 with a leader who has been damaged, and the caucus at the end of the day has to make this decision,” he said to the NBC hosts.
Pelosi has all but completely lost the confidence of her party, who mull ousting her as leader, and attempt to identify a winning strategy after four straight special election losses under her leadership.
Tim Ryan understands that whoever leads the party is fighting an uphill battle, and respects Pelosi for everything she has done for him and the party.
“We’re talking about healthcare for everybody today because of the work that she has done,” he said.
The reality is, however, that if it is going to be a financial battle for these seats, there’s a limit to the losses the party can sustain.
“What’s been unfair is that it’s not necessarily her fault,” he said. “They’ve spent, I would say, hundreds of millions of dollars against her. So this is completely unfair. But the reality is the reality,” he added.
And Ryan isn’t willing to allow his personal respect and allegiance to Pelosi trump his allegiance to his constituents.
“This is not just a fight that we just want to have,” he said. “We’ve got to have these discussions because we owe it to our constituents. We owe it to the American people to put us in a position to be able to fight for them.”
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