A group of unhappy House Democrats plan to meet Thursday to discuss if — and how — they can replace Rep. Nancy Pelosi as minority leader.
Led by Reps. Kathleen Rice (D-N.Y.), Seth Moulton (D-Mass.) and Tim Ryan (D-Ohio), the faction believes Pelosi has to go in order for Democrats to have a chance to win the House back in Nov. 2018. Ryan unsuccessfully challenged Pelosi for party leader back in November.
The unhappiness inside Democratic ranks has spiked since their loss in the special election in Georgia on Tuesday. Republicans spent millions of dollars on TV ads tying Democratic candidate Jon Ossoff to Pelosi, a tactic that has been used extensively — and successfully — by the GOP since 2010.
Roughly 20 Democrats have been invited to the private session, although it’s not clear how many will actually show up.
However, Pelosi and her allies don’t think her Democratic detractors have anywhere near enough support to topple her. She even mocked intra-party critics at a Thursday press conference, suggesting they’re more interesting in promoting themselves than helping the party win back the majority.
“When it comes to personal ambition and having fun on TV, have your fun. I love the arena, I thrive on competition, and I welcome the discussion,” Pelosi said.
Rice declined to comment on the meeting, but her opposition to Pelosi as minority leader is well known.
"I don’t know when we’re going to wake up as a caucus and say we have to take this party in a new direction,” Rice said.