House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is losing support left and...left.
More Democrats are beginning to distance themselves from the House leader as the party continues to lose winnable elections, like Tuesday night's special election in Georgia. Despite outspending his opponent Karen Handel, Democrat Jon Ossoff suffered defeat - making it 4-0 for Republicans in special election races since Donald Trump became president.
South Carolina Democratic House candidate Joe Cunningham, who is running to unseat Rep. Mark Sanford (R), has had enough. Change, he says, needs to come at the top.
The Democratic Party needs new leadership now. If elected, I will not vote for Nancy Pelosi for speaker. Time to move forward and win again.— Joe Cunningham (@JoeCunninghamSC) June 21, 2017
Cunningham is not the only Democrat wanting to avoid another election cycle with Pelosi at the helm. Politico just released a piece on the growing "frustration" Democrats feel toward the Democratic leader.
"I think you’d have to be an idiot to think we could win the House with Pelosi at the top," said Rep. Filemon Vela (D-Texas), who supported Pelosi in her last leadership race. "Nancy Pelosi is not the only reason that Ossoff lost. But she certainly is one of the reasons."
Other Democrats have become so disenchanted with Pelosi that they've been emboldened to run against her. Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH) challenged Pelosi in last November's leadership race after the shellacking the Democrats endured in the 2016 presidential election. She was wrong for continuing to target large, liberal cities, he said, instead of reaching out to the Rust Belt - a flawed strategy that had much to do with Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton's loss.
Nonetheless, Democrats reelected her. Will they continue to make the same mistake?