Congressman Tim Ryan, challenger to Nancy Pelosi's position as House Minority Leader, bashed Pelosi on Fox & Friends Monday morning and said she was responsible for the consistent Democratic electoral losses under her tenure. Rep. Tim Ryan of OH is not a particularly promising challenger, and Ms. Pelosi remains popular with most of her caucus.
Ryan says he is better able to appeal to the Rust Belt and rural areas where Democrats used to perform better.
Pelosi has been the top Democrat in the House for 14 years.
Pelosi has not faced a challenge since after the 2010 midterm elections, when Democrats lost 63 seats and their House majority.
We were looking forward to Ryan's continued presence on the committee that regulates the expenditure of federal dollars because of the economic uncertainties confronting the Mahoning Valley.
"Obviously, our message did not get out the way we had hoped, so we need to figure out why that was the case-we had some members, who actually won in states where Trump won, so we can learn from their success", he said. And I think we've got to be careful about suggesting that that light is out.
Even if Ms. Pelosi turns back this month's challenge, the caucus is giving her notice: She needs to start securing the next generation of leadership. House Democrats will vote on leadership on November 30.
Most House Democrats come from California, Massachusetts and NY, she said, and they've lost touch with voters from other parts of the country. "I think part of it is that the messengers have to change".
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Ryan won Trumbull County in his district with about 70 percent of the vote, a county that Donald Trump won by 7 points this year and President Obama won by 23 points four years ago.
"I think within our caucus, we're not tapping into the talent that we have in our caucus", he said.
In April 2015, the "Greater Boston" host Jim Braude, asked Capuano and Rep. Stephen Lynch if it was time for Pelosi to go. "And if you are willing to devote full-time to that, I'll be one of your primary cheerleaders", Cleaver said.
Ryan, who launched his bid for House minority leader last week, noted the current populist fervor in the electorate.
"So, she should go?"
Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.) said he thinks in the end "Nancy Pelosi is going to have the votes".
"So, the answer is yes".