House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., was the focus of Democratic ire Wednesday after Georgia voters — deluged by ads linking Pelosi to Democratic House candidate Jon Ossof — gave Republicans a victory in a special election perceived by many as a referendum on Washington.

Despite securing millions in contributions from Democrats across the country, Ossoff lost to Republican Karen Handel 51.9 percent to 48.1 percent. Several congressional Democrats indicated Wednesday they blame their own leaders for the defeat.

“We need leadership change,” said Rep. Kathleen Rice, D-N.Y. “It’s time for Nancy Pelosi to go, and the entire leadership team.”

Others agreed.

“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. “Nancy Pelosi is not the only reason that Ossoff lost. But she certainly is one of the reasons.”

Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, who challenged Pelosi for her minority leadership post, lamented that the Democratic brand “is toxic and damaged.”


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