Posted: 12:11 pm Wednesday, November 30th, 2016
By Jamie Dupree
With lingering hard feelings over their party’s failure in the November elections, Democrats in the U.S. House decided not to make a change in direction, voting to keep Rep. Nancy Pelosi as their leader, easily turning aside a challenge from Rep. Tim Ryan of Ohio.
The vote was not close, as Pelosi won more than two-thirds of fellow Democrats, with a final margin of 134 to 63.
“Clearly this didn’t turn out the way we wanted to,” Ryan told reporters after the vote, as the Ohio Democrat said he still feels like the race energized fellow Democrats.
Rep Tim Ryan says Pelosi has been her a long time, has a lot of friends -"This is her caucus clearly"
— Deirdre Walsh (@deirdrewalshcnn) November 30, 2016
“We got the message out that we wanted to get out,” as Ryan again argued that Democrats need to have an economic message that “resonates in every corner of this country.”
While Ryan professed his support for Pelosi, there were some Democrats who were not pleased with the outcome.
“It is obvious that the current strategy doesn’t work,” said Rep. Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona.
My statement regarding today's House Dem Caucus election: pic.twitter.com/rZqcqvTvWd
— Kyrsten Sinema (@kyrstensinema) November 30, 2016
Voters made it clear the status quo isn't working. Proud of @RepTimRyan for having the courage to challenge the status quo.
— Seth Moulton (@sethmoulton) November 30, 2016
“We’re a family, and sometimes a family has to have a tough conversation,” Ryan said.
“At the end of the day, we’ve got to figure out how to win,” Ryan said.
While Ryan did not win, he still managed a chunk of votes against Pelosi, as a number of younger Democrats publicly called for something different to respond to the election of Donald Trump as President-Elect.
As for Pelosi, she stayed above the fray after the vote, congratulating Ryan, and expressing confidence that Democrats could find their way forward.
Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi remarks after her win in the House Dems Leadership Elections. pic.twitter.com/aArdZJgUDn
— CSPAN (@cspan) November 30, 2016
Pelosi tells reporters: We know how to win elections, we've done it in the past and will do it again.
— Alex Moe (@AlexNBCNews) November 30, 2016
About the Author
Jamie Dupree is the Radio News Director of the Washington Bureau of the Cox Media Group and writes the Washington Insider blog. A native of Washington, D.C., Jamie has covered Congress and politics in the nation’s capital since the Reagan Administration, and has been reporting for Cox since 1989.