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‘I am a master legislator,’ Pelosi told reporters as she hit back at Democratic colleagues pushing for her to step aside.

By Heather Caygle and John Bresnahan

06/22/2017 12:38 PM EDT

A defiant House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on Thursday said she has no plans to step down anytime soon, despite calls from some rank-and-file Democrats for new leadership.

Pelosi spent a good chunk of her weekly news conference defending her longtime perch atop the Democratic Caucus, at times even mocking colleagues within her party who have in recent days said it’s time for her to step aside.

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“I respect any opinion that my members have, but my decision about how long I stay is not up to them,” Pelosi told reporters. “My caucus is overwhelmingly supportive of me.”

Pelosi boasted about her effectiveness as a leader, even though Democrats lost their majority in 2010 under her watch and have never come close to winning it back.

“I am a master legislator,” Pelosi declared. “I am a strategic, politically astute leader. My leadership is recognized by many around the country. That is why I am able to attract the [financial] support that I do, which is essential to our election, I am sad to say.”

Pelosi also pointed out that she led Democrats to the majority in the first place back in 2006 after a dozen years out of power.

Questions about Pelosi’s longevity as Democratic leader have dogged her for a long time, but demands for new blood in leadership were given fresh life after Democrats’ disappointing loss in the Georgia special election Tuesday.

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Republicans constantly painted Democratic candidate Jon Ossoff as a Pelosi puppet representative of her “liberal San Francisco values” in a barrage of campaign ads and mailers and during appearances by Republican winner Karen Handel.

Pelosi is trying to tamp down any intracaucus criticism of her leadership and said the fact that Democrats came so close in a district that’s been a Republican stronghold for nearly four decades should count as a win.

But critics of Pelosi, including some members of her own caucus, say that kind of mentality is exactly the reason why she should step down and let someone else lead the party before they get too deep into the 2018 election campaign.

“We should be happy that we didn’t lose as badly as we lost in the past?” said Rep. Kathleen Rice (D-N.Y.), who backed a challenge to Pelosi’s leadership last year. “The losing mentality that we have as a caucus is going to do nothing for us in the caucus but ensure that we lose.”

Pelosi shrugged off her colleagues’ criticism, at one point even daring them to keep up the drumbeat demanding her ouster.

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‘I am a master legislator,’ Pelosi told reporters. Later that day, some of her Democratic colleagues met to discuss replacing her.

By Heather Caygle and John Bresnahan

06/22/2017 12:38 PM EDT

Updated 06/22/2017 06:36 PM EDT

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A defiant House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on Thursday said she has no plans to step down anytime soon, despite calls from some rank-and-file Democrats for new leadership and at least one meeting to plot to replace her.

Pelosi spent a good chunk of her weekly news conference defending her longtime perch atop the Democratic Caucus, at times even mocking colleagues within her party who have in recent days said it’s time for her to step aside.

Story Continued Below

“I respect any opinion that my members have, but my decision about how long I stay is not up to them,” Pelosi told reporters. “My caucus is overwhelmingly supportive of me.”

But as Pelosi was defending her status in the caucus, of group of Democrats were already planning a secret afternoon meeting to talk about potentially trying to replace her.

A dozen Democrats attended the meeting out of the nearly 20 members invited. Afterward, leaders of the group said no decisions have been made about what to do next, but that support is growing within the caucus to topple Pelosi.

“There are many more people today, even from November, who are much more vocal, who have approached us and said, ‘I’m done. We need to move forward and we need to get a new leadership team in place,’” Rep. Kathleen Rice (D-N.Y.) said after the hour-long meeting.

Rice and another group leader, Rep. Seth Moulton (D-Mass.), said the ultimate goal would be to have a new leadership team in place before the 2018 campaign heats up.

“The takeaway from the meeting is that we want to win again in 2018,” Moulton said, noting he’s seen a shift in the caucus since Pelosi won her leadership race last year. “I think people see the stakes more clearly.”

Among the Democrats who attended the confab were Congressional Black Caucus Chairman Cedric Richmond (La.), Tony Cardenas (Calif.), a member of House Democratic leadership, and Reps. Ami Bera (Calif.), Filemon Vela (Texas), Ruben Gallego (Ariz.) and Del. Stacey Plaskett (V.I.).

But despite the renewed noise surrounding Pelosi’s leadership, no one within the caucus has stepped forward to challenge her and an actual coup against the long-time leader is still a long shot.

During the news conference earlier in the day, Pelosi boasted about her effectiveness as a leader, even though Democrats lost their majority in 2010 under her watch and have never come close to winning it back.

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