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Politics Pelosi: Conor Lamb's win wasn't because he criticized my leadership

20:09  15 march  2018
20:09  15 march  2018 Source:   nbcnews.com

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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said she doesn’ t think that Democrat Conor Lamb ’ s disavowal of her in his special election race aided his apparent victory in Pennsylvania's 18th Congressional District. Lamb presented himself as a Pelosi critic during the race.

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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., holds a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, March 15, 2018. © AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., holds a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, March 15, 2018.

WASHINGTON — House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said Thursday she doesn't think that Democrat Conor Lamb's disavowal of her leadership in his special election race aided his apparent victory in Pennsylvania's 18th Congressional District.

"I don't think that that really had that much impact on the race," the California Democrat said at her weekly press conference Thursday. "He won. If we hadn't won, you might have a question, but we won — the 'D' next to his name was very significant."

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House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi praised Democrat Conor Lamb , who promised to oppose Pelosi as leader . Pelosi shrugged off questions about Lamb ’ s repeated statements that he wanted to see new leadership in the House. She said she didn’ t think that had much impact on the race, and

For Pelosi , the only downside to Lamb ’ s victory was the part where he promised he ’d never vote to keep her on as leader . (“My take is, if these people have been B) Pelosi wins ! Look, she would have been perfectly happy to have Lamb call her a voodoo-priestess puppy-killer if it got her another seat.

Lamb presented himself as a Pelosi critic during the race. Pelosi was asked Thursday if she's concerned that his apparent victory signals that there won't be a major wave for Democrats in November's midterm elections.

"No," she said. "It's a district that not only did Trump carry it big, but [Mitt] Romney carried it big. This is a Republican district."

Lamb narrowly defeated Republican Rick Saccone, which prompted Republicans on Capitol Hill to sound the alarm about their party's midterm prospects.

Pelosi said she didn't believe Lamb ran against her "the entire time." Instead, she argued, it was more of an issues-oriented campaign, with Lamb's Democratic views on Medicare, health care and labor playing a major role in his election.

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And Lamb trusts voters can accept that he ’s anti-abortion, personally, but respects that choice is the law If Lamb does retail politics like a natural, it might be because he comes from a political family. Tim Ryan, who challenged Pelosi for leadership , has sent fundraising appeals on Lamb ’ s behalf.

Conor Lamb , a Democrat, narrowly won a House special election in a Pennsylvania district that “I’m here because we stand with Rick Saccone.” “I didn’ t support Nancy Pelosi for any leadership Throughout the race, Mr. Lamb said he welcomed support from people who voted for Mr. Trump, and

She said she felt "pretty confident" about her ability to serve as a "master legislator," adding, "I have a strong following in the country and I don't think that the Koch Brothers should decide who the leader of the Democratic Party is in the House."

While the National Republican Congressional Committee and outside conservative groups ran ads during the Pennsylvania race attacking Pelosi, so did Lamb. In an interview on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" Wednesday morning, Lamb reiterated that he doesn't support Pelosi as the Democratic leader.

"I have said, and I continue to say, that I think we need new leadership at the top of both parties in the House. And so I'd like to see someone besides Nancy Pelosi run and that's who I would support," said Lamb, who added that it's "nothing personal" and that the leadership in both parties have faced extreme gridlock under their watches.

Asked what message she'd like to send to incumbent candidates, Pelosi suggested that attacking her won't help. She also pointed to a Democratic primary in Texas, where congressional candidate Jay Hulings — who said she should be replaced — came in fourth place despite nabbing several high-profile endorsements.

"Let's not read too much into this," she said.

Saccone concedes Pennsylvania US House race to Lamb .
HARRISBURG, Pa. — Republican Rick Saccone concedes Pennsylvania congressional race to Democrat Conor Lamb.Lamb, 33, claimed the seat by about 750 votes in a Republican-held district that President Donald Trump won by almost 20 percentage points just 16 months ago. Lamb, who struck a moderate tone during the race and was backed by the district's influential labor unions, beat Saccone, a state lawmaker who had compiled one of the most conservative voting records in the state Legislature.

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