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Democratic lawmaker criticizes party brand, Pelosi

Sandy Vega | 26 June, 2017, 03:15

The former Georgia secretary of state was quick to embrace her party's leader after mostly avoiding him - at least publicly - during a protracted campaign.

While Karen Handel's election to Congress on Tuesday night cheered Republicans, Democrats should be encouraged by their performance in the Georgia special election and in their performance in the other four House contests this year, according to a new analysis.

Democratic lawmakers are targeting their frustration over failing to gain a seemingly winnable district in Georgia on House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. But Republican Karen Handel surged to victory, partly by tying her opponent to Pelosi.

It was enough to help Handel raise more than $5 million, not a paltry sum in a congressional race, but only about a fifth of Ossoff's fundraising haul.

"A special thanks to the president of the United States of America", Handel said late Tuesday night as her supporters chanted, "Trump!" It was a close race that analysts feel could have been lost by the Republicans had it not been for the negative Pelosi association. "But she certainly is one of the reasons". The district was seen as within reach to Democrats because Trump won there last November by only 1 percentage point.

However, Bauman - or, more accurately, the party establishment he represents - could be an impediment to winning even a few of those seemingly winnable seats. Helena, a longtime Pelosi ally.

The road to a Democratic House majority runs through dozens of districts similar to the affluent, well-educated northern suburbs of Atlanta where Ossoff was defeated, and the outcome there is likely to reassure Republicans already nervous about their chances of holding control under Trump next year.

The California Democrat has always been a boogeywoman Republicans have used to motivate their base and to woo independents as the personification of liberal values and a reminder of why even if they may like their individual member or candidate, a vote for that Democrat would be a step toward putting Pelosi back in the speaker's chair.

Democrats supportive of Pelosi have long argued that even if she stepped aside, Republicans would demonize any new leader the party elevated.

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"A loss is a loss".

"Let's hold the Republicans accountable in those districts [and] take our country back", U.S. Sen.

"In the previous election - the Republican candidate won by more than 20 points".

The ultra-liberal House minority leader was featured in numerous GOP ads linking her to 30-year-old political novice Jon Ossoff, a Democratic recruit, in the weeks leading up to Tuesday's election.

"If we think we're going to win these elections because President Trump's at 35 percent, I think in districts like mine and certainly Georgia and SC, it takes more than that", said Rep. Tim Walz of Minnesota. The Democrats did not spend their money well.

"Laughing my #Ossoff", she tweeted.

"So", she said, "we are paving a way for a new generation of leadership". "You know they're still trying to figure where all those voters came from", he said of Democrats. "The same exhausted, centrist Democratic playbook that has come up short cycle after cycle will not suffice".

On Thursday, Trump jumped into the political fray, taking a swipe at Pelosi and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer in a tweet.

"As long as Leader Pelosi is perceived as the leader of the House Democratic Caucus", Vela said, "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".

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