In an interview, Ryan explained that Republicans are using Pelosi in ads to attack Democratic candidates in district races, like they did against Jon Ossoff in Georgia.
Many political pundits have suggested that the widely held perception of Pelosi as a Washington insider and a San Francisco liberal might not be beneficial to Democrats seeking office in blue-collar and/or Republican-leaning congressional districts.
Is Pelosi the proper scapegoat for all the woes of the Democratic party in the Trump era?
Trump, who spoke to the network Thursday at the White House, touted the recent Republican victory in a Georgia special election. And the media will shift its focus from the special elections back to policy, lawmakers said, even as the Russian Federation investigation continues to dominate the headlines.
She is the latest in a line of Republicans who have represented the Georgia 6th since 1979, beginning with Newt Gingrich, who would become House speaker. "Nancy Pelosi is not the only reason that Ossoff lost. He didn't live in the district", added Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.).
"I think in this instance it had a motivating effect for our voters on the turnout front", Rogers said Wednesday. With more and more evidence the president did not collaborate with Russians to steal the election, Democrats are more and more convinced he did.
"Clearly Karen Handel defended us on [healthcare] and ran on 'We need to get this stuff done. Why should I?" Pelosi began. Since 2002, Pelosi has hauled in $568 million for House Democratic campaigns - including $141 million during the 2016 campaign cycle.
Ryan, Pelosi's opponent last fall, said that Pelosi's continued role as the GOP's favorite bogeyman makes it "a heck of a lot harder" for Democrats as they try to notch victories in the GOP-friendly districts they will need to win next year.
She continues to command a great degree of loyalty from many House Democrats, and allies dismissed the idea that her position was in any kind of jeopardy. Pelosi has led the Democratic caucus in the House since 2003, and in March said she would have retired had Hillary Clinton won the election.
"I think the hype before the election that we had to win this was wrong", said Rep.
He concluded his screed with a humorous message directed at Democrats.
"There's a level of depression", he said of the mood among Democrats, adding that the national brand of the party is "toxic". "Either you run scared or unopposed".
She benefits from a dearth of younger colleagues tagged as heirs to her leadership, and no up-and-coming Democrat can match her fundraising skills, no matter which figures are used. Despite their four defeats in the Kansas, Montana, South Carolina and Georgia specials, Democrats said they see a silver lining.
Other Democratic congressman, like Rep. Seth Moulton (D-MA), also joined the Pelosi-out caucus saying, "This is certainly something that we have to discuss because it's clear that, I think, across the board in the Democratic Party we need new leadership".
Democrats are open to nixing the tax but want a sustainable source of education funding that gets the state to provide 55 percent of funding for public K-12 schools, a benchmark set in statute.