Politics

House Democrats Openly Criticize Nancy Pelosi

| by Amanda Andrade-Rhoades
Rep. Nancy Pelosi.Rep. Nancy Pelosi.

Rep. Nancy Pelosi has been the Democratic minority leader since 2011, but some other lawmakers are questioning her ability to lead her party back into prominence.

"I think we need leadership that understands if something you're doing is not working, change what you're doing,” Rep. Michael Capuano told WGBH. When asked if Pelosi should leave her post, Capuano said: "That or she should change, one way or the other. We just lost more seats last cycle.”

Rep. Stephen Lynch agreed. "Nancy Pelosi will not lead us back into the majority," he said. 

Pelosi has worked with Capuano before. In fact, Pelosi asked Calpuano to help the House transition when Democrats took control in 2006. She also endorsed him when he ran for Senate in 2009, although he lost.

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Capuano told CNN today that Pelosi is a "fantastic public servant with many great accomplishments."

"Since 2010, something hasn't been resonating at the polls," he said. "I believe that when something's not working, changes should be made. Any leader who refuses to change in the face of failure should step aside. I believe, however, that Nancy Pelosi is making the changes necessary to lead House Democrats back to electoral success and I still believe she will do so."

Though Capuano went back on his earlier statement, the National Republican Campaign Committee agreed with him and Lynch. Spokesman Ian Prior said the representatives’ comments reflect "a sentiment that should be obvious to House Democrats by now — Nancy Pelosi will not lead Democrats back to the majority despite her delusional predictions to the contrary.”

"While we appreciate the honesty of Lynch and Capuano, we sincerely hope that Democrats continue to elect Pelosi as leader so that we can continue to help elect Republicans to Congress on Election Day," Prior said.

Pelosi’s spokesman, Drew Hammill, said in a statement, "While there are disagreements in the closest of families, the Leader always values the input of her members as we develop our message going forward.”

Source: CNN

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