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Nancy Pelosi Faces Progressive Primary Challenger

Nancy Pelosi is facing a primary challenger for her seat in the House of Representatives.

As hard as it seems, Pelosi is not progressive enough for the Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) faction of the Democrat Party and she is being criticized for Democrats losing control of the House of Representatives.

Earlier this year, Pelosi faced a challenger for her leadership role in the House. Representative Tim Ryan (D-OH) lost to Pelosi in the race to be the House Minority Leader but the contest was much closer than expected (watch video).

Pelosi’s mistake was criticizing the progressive wing of the Democrat Party.

A story in the Observer explains Pelosi’s challenge from the left.

In a December 2016 interview, Pelosi confirmed she would preserve the status quo, claiming, “I don’t think people want a new direction.” At at a CNN Town Hall in February 2017, she again revealed her disdain for progressives, telling a millennial Sanders supporter who asked if the Democratic Party would embrace Sanders’ populist message: “Well, I thank you for your question, but I have to say we’re capitalists—that’s just the way it is.” Pelosi then embarked on a tone-deaf rant, arguing that the solution was to make billionaires and millionaires more empathetic. “We have to change the thinking of people,” she said. “The free market is a place that can do good things.”

Progressives view Pelosi as an establishment figure and not suited to represent the new direction of the Democrat Party.

Pelosi is backed by big money special interests but the energy in the Democrat Party resides in the progressive grassroots activists.

Pelosi’s problems illustrate the mounting problems in the Democrat Party.

Tom Borelli

Dr. Tom Borelli is a Newsmax TV contributor and radio commentator addressing political issues from a conservative grassroots perspective. As a columnist, he has written for The Washington Times and authored articles for Newsmax Magazine, Newsmax Insider and previously was a co-host with his wife Deneen Borelli on the SiriusXM Patriot channel. Dr. Borelli appeared on numerous television programs, including the highly ranked Fox News Channel’s “The O’Reilly Factor,” “Hannity,” “The Kelly File," and "America’s News Headquarters." He has also appeared on Fox Business Network’s “Making Money with Charles Payne” and “After the Bell” as well as TheBlaze TV’s "The Glenn Beck Program" and "Dana!" Prior to working for public policy organizations, Dr. Borelli was a managing partner with the investment advisory firm of Action Fund Management, LLC and a portfolio manager for the Free Enterprise Action Fund (FEAF) where he used shareholder activism to challenge corporations that sought to profit from the growth of government. During his 25 years with the Altria Group, Inc., he built a foundation in public policy and issues management, drawing from diverse experiences ranging from basic research to corporate affairs. Dr. Borelli served as science fellow for the U.S. House of Representatives' Committee on Science, Space, and Technology during the 100th Congress. Dr. Borelli has also published scientific papers on interferon and human leukemia.

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