Democrats hoping to usher in new leadership in the House following the party’s loss in two special elections this week met privately Thursday to create a strategy to oust Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.
According to Politico, 20 House members were invited to the meeting, and 12 of them attended.
“There are many more people today, even from November, who are much more vocal, who have approached us and said, ‘I’m done. We need to move forward and we need to get a new leadership team in place,'” Rep. Kathleen Rice, D-N.Y., told Politico.
Democrats attending the meeting included Rice, Congressional Black Caucus Chairman Cedric Richmond of Louisiana, Rep. Tony Cardenas of California, who is a member of House Democratic leadership, and Rep. Seth Moulton of Missouri.
Prior to the meeting on Thursday, Pelosi told reporters she does not intend to step down as leader and called herself a “master legislator,” despite some Democrats publicly turning on her and one calling her “toxic.”
Pelosi has led the Democrats since 2003 and is the most productive non-presidential political fundraiser in U.S. history.
The Washington Examiner reported that “In the Georgia special election, the Congressional Leadership Fund, a super PAC aligned with House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., spent more than $7 million aimed at tying Democratic candidate Jon Ossoff with Pelosi and her ‘liberal San Francisco values.’”
In Tuesday’s election in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District, Republican Karen Handel soundly defeated Ossoff.
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