Handel emphasized that pedigree often during her campaign and again during her victory speech.
The Massachusetts Democrat, speaking on CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper" Wednesday afternoon, made his comments following his party's failure to win a closely watched special election in Georgia.
DUNWOODY, Ga. (AP) - Republicans say Karen Handel's victory in Georgia's 6th Congressional District proves the GOP is still the dominant party in Georgia. Even though Democrats controlled that seat basically forever until 2011, it is a very conservative area, so the GOP nominee's narrow, three-point win last night was a surprise.
Others dismissed the idea that Pelosi really played much of a role in the outcome in Georgia, where Democrat Jon Ossoff lost to Republican Karen Handel by about 5 percentage points. People have strong feelings about Trump, one way or the other, and many of them channeled those feelings into advocacy for Ossoff or Handel.
She touts supply side economics, going so far as to say during one debate that she does "not support a living wage" - her way of explaining her opposition to a minimum-wage increase. If perennial swing Justice Anthony Kennedy agrees, the reverberations would likely extend to MI and a more than dozen other states where Republicans control the map-making process.
Handel backers, though, hailed Tuesday's results as confirmation that the district remains solidly in the party's grasp.
To note the significance, Handel also shared a story from the campaign trail of meeting a young girl who the Congresswoman-elect said had been following the race.
"Congratulations to Karen Handel on her big win in Georgia 6th". It's not hard to imagine a Republican incumbent (in any office) being marginally more likely to run for re-election today than would have been the case had Democrat Jon Ossoff won. "There will be 435 Congressional races on the ballot in 2018". "It will only get better in 2018". It started with then-Sen.
Democrats' impatience is understandable - they're still smarting from losing an un-losable race in November.
The second, as evidenced by Casca, is the far-left base, still enamored with Obama's cultural justice campaigns and falling head over heels for Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, who have no intention of modifying or moderating their message. Hillary Clinton landed at 45 percent. News wrote this morning, "Democrats have to admit they have a Pelosi problem". The former House Speaker responded to claims that a small group of representatives is plotting to oust her, claiming that the decision isn't theirs to make, and she still commands support within the Democratic caucus. Jason Carter, grandson of former President Jimmy Carter, fared no better, falling just shy of 45 percent against incumbent Gov. Nathan Deal.
Republicans, who control both the House and Senate, have lashed out at some of the deep spending cuts that Trump has proposed. Prominently mixed into this dog's breakfast of recriminations, mostly from the party's activist left, there is at least one recurring thread: Democrats do not have, either by omission or commission, a cohesive economic message. They also outperformed her margins by 14 points in a Montana special election and 21 points in Kansas in recent months. And the Republican won. Rather, the loss in Georgia followed defeats in special elections in Kansas and Montana, and came on the same day as a loss in a congressional district in SC. Parnell may have benefited from the lack of national attention on that race, though.
Whit Ayres, a Republican consultant and Handel strategist, underscored her success in turning the contest into a normal partisan choice.