Pelosi aides sending allies suggested tweets backing her: report
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House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) on Thursday tried to cement her control of the House's Democrats by sending out tweets defending her record to her allies and then retweeting them, according to a New York Times reporter.

The Times's Maggie Haberman tweeted a list of suggested tweets on Thursday that she said Pelosi was sending to other House Democrats. Tweets included the hashtag "#StandWithNancy" and questions like "why are we blasting our most effective fighter?"

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Pelosi's campaign account, @TeamPelosi, was retweeting favorable messages from House members on Thursday.

Pelosi defended her position in the Democratic Party at a press conference Thursday, after Democrats lost another House special election to Republicans on Tuesday in Georgia. During the briefing, she characterized herself as “a master legislator” and a “strategic, politically astute leader.”

“I am proud of the unity that we have had and, frankly, my leadership in terms of keeping everybody together,” Pelosi said Thursday. “I think I’m worth the trouble.”

Pelosi's comments come in the wake of new challenges to her leadership. Several Democrats have expressed frustration with Pelosi after Democrats' devastating losses in the House since the 2010 Tea Party wave.

“We need leadership change,” Rep. Kathleen Rice (D-N.Y.) told CNN. “It's time for Nancy Pelosi to go, and the entire leadership team.”