The Congressional Leadership Fund (CLF) released a new ad on Thursday hitting House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) for what it describes as her negative attitude toward the growing economy, bonuses to millions of Americans, and lower unemployment.
The ad, titled "Negative Nancy," cites Pelosi's frequent complaints about the economy and about news benefiting the middle-class.
The ad shows clips of Pelosi throughout the past year where she called bonuses for millions of Americans "crumbs" and said tax cuts were the equivalent of "armageddon."
"Hip hip hurray, unemployment is down," Pelosi said sarcastically.
"Nancy Pelosi is the most toxic, unpopular, and polarizing politician in the country. I am beyond thankful that she continues to lead the Democratic Party and I hope that she never, ever retires," said Corry Bliss, Executive Director of CFL, a political action committee supporting Republicans in the House of Representatives.
"Her out of touch rhetoric helps create a clear contrast this November. On one side, you have the Republican Party who kept its promise and cut taxes for the middle class," Bliss said. "On the other side, you have Nancy Pelosi who not only mocked the middle-class tax cuts, but has vowed to raise taxes if she were ever to become Speaker of the House again. Nancy Pelosi continues to be the gift that keeps on giving for Republicans."
If Democrats were to retake the House of Representatives after the 2018 midterm elections, Pelosi could become speaker of the House again, as she was from 2007 to 2011. Despite Pelosi's attempts to downplay GOP economic successes, Democrats are having trouble campaigning on economic issues as unemployment has reached record lows, job growth has accelerated, and many businesses announced plans to give employees bonuses and other benefits as a direct result of tax cuts passed by Republicans.
Pelosi's intention to continue as party leader could be thwarted by her members of own party, as a number of congressional candidates and current representatives have voiced support for new leadership.