Handel is the first female Republican to be elected to a congressional seat in Georgia. "I'm experienced in terms of knowing institutional memory of Congress".
She's so out of touch with the mainstream and many in her party that her leadership position was challenged in November.
"This is such a small item - it isn't about me".
Congressional Black Caucus chairman Rep. Cedric Richmond (D., La.) refused three times to answer whether Pelosi should stay on as House Democratic leader.
Karen Handel has been sworn in after her victory in Georgia's 6th Congressional District. This is historic. House and Senate Democratic and Republican leadership", Pelosi said, then explained the "first words out of his mouth: "'You know I won the popular vote'". Sprinkled in the crowd of hundreds of energetic Karen Handel supporters were other onetime rivals and critics who once fought to derail her political career.
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Handel was elected in a runoff against democrat Jon Ossoff last week after receiving 52 percent of the vote.
Pelosi is the face of the national Democratic Party.
"I'm a master legislator", she said.
She needs to realize that values from the Bay Area don't sell all that well in fly-over country.
Monday evening's swearing-in ceremony would return Republicans to full strength in the chamber at 241 seats after the party won four special elections to replace GOP lawmakers who left the House to join President Donald Trump's Cabinet.