House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) is under fire from a number of her Democratic colleagues after another loss for their party in Tuesday night's special election in Georgia.
Democrat Jon Ossoff lost to Republican Karen Handel in the sixth district race to replace the seat vacated by Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price. Ossoff's candidacy was seen as Democrats' best chance of winning one of four off-year special elections prompted by appointments to Donald Trump's Cabinet, with some Democrats looking at a potential upset as a referendum on Trump himself.
Instead, Democrats have spent $35 million on the race in Georgia, another on Tuesday in South Carolina, and two more in Montana and Kansas. With an 0-4 record, Pelosi's colleagues are beginning to question whether more radical change is needed.
Rep. Tim Ryan (D., Ohio), an old opponent of Pelosi's, was somewhat circumspect in his criticism, saying that the party needed to reevaluate.
"We'd better take a good, long, strong look in the mirror and realize that the problem is us, it's the party," Ryan said while leaving a meeting on Wednesday morning.