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Tim Ryan, Ohio Democrat, to challenge Pelosi for House minority leader

Rep. Tim Ryan of Ohio announced Thursday that he is challenging Nancy Pelosi in the race to be House minority leader in the next Congress — setting up the first major showdown within the Democratic ranks over the future of the party following a disastrous election.

The eight-term Congressman had been flirting with a challenge since House Democrats fell well short of expectations in the election by picking up just 5 of the 30 seats they needed to take back the lower chamber.

“While having a position in Democratic Leadership has never been my life’s ambition, after this election I believe we all need to re-evaluate our roles within the Caucus, the Democratic Party, and our country,” Mr. Ryan said. “That is why I am announcing my run for Minority Leader of the Democratic Caucus and humbly request your support.”

Mrs. Pelosi has led House Democrats since 2003 and has avoided any serious challenge for her leadership post.

Source: www.washingtontimes.com stories: Politics

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