Ohio representative vows to challenge Pelosi for role as party leader

WASHINGTON — Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan announced Thursday that he will challenge House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi later this month.

At a news conference later in the day, Pelosi predicted she would be overwhelmingly re-elected as the party’s leader, saying she has the backing of two-thirds of her caucus.

And she strongly defended her record, pointing to how the Democrats got back into the House majority in the 2006 midterms during the George W. Bush years and suggesting the same would be true in the Trump years.

“Last Tuesday’s election will forever be remembered as a major turning point for the United States of America. Like many Americans, I was disheartened by the results, but I also realized that Democrats must not let this opportunity for change pass by without a fight,” Ryan said in a statement announcing his bid.

Democrats are struggling to chart a path forward after President-elect Donald Trump’s stunning victory last week. Ryan said Pelosi does not have enough support to remain atop the caucus.

“The definition of insanity,” he said, is to do the “same thing over and over again and keep getting the same results.”