Ohio Dem won’t back Pelosi if elected

Ohio Dem won’t back Pelosi if elected
© Greg Nash

Another Democratic congressional candidate said he would not support House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiBoogeywomen — GOP vilifies big-name female Dems Sen. Warner to introduce amendment limiting Trump’s ability to revoke security clearances New Dem ad uses Paterno, KKK, affair allegations to tar GOP leaders MORE (D-Calif.) if elected to office, according to a Cincinnati newspaper.

"Will I support Nancy Pelosi for Speaker?" Aftab Pureval asked during an interview with The Enquirer on Wednesday. “The answer is no. I’m running for Congress because I genuinely believe we need a new generation of leadership.”

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Pureval is challenging incumbent Rep. Steve ChabotSteven (Steve) Joseph ChabotWorst-case scenario for House GOP is 70-seat wipeout Vulnerable Republicans include several up-and-coming GOP leaders Dems eyeing smaller magic number for House majority MORE (R-Ohio) in a pivotal race that House Democrats have prioritized in Ohio.

He joins about 20 other House candidates who have distanced themselves from the 78-year-old Pelosi this election cycle, claiming she is out of touch.

Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerTo make the House of Representatives work again, make it bigger Reforms can stop members of Congress from using their public office for private gain Election Countdown: GOP worries House majority endangered by top of ticket | Dems make history in Tuesday's primaries | Parties fight for Puerto Rican vote in Florida | GOP lawmakers plan 'Freedom Tour' MORE (D-N.Y.) are fielding widespread criticism from left-wing activists and Democrats who say they are frustrated with the party’s direction under Pelosi's and Schumer’s leadership.  

Many Democratic congressional candidates are framing themselves as insurgents in a party that is not progressive enough.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the young candidate who last month stunned the Democratic party with her upset win over long-term incumbent Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-N.Y.), re-energized the conversation about Democratic Party leadership.

Pelosi, responding to a question about Ocasio-Cortez's win, said its impact was overblown.

“I’m female. I’m progressive. What’s your problem?” Pelosi, who has led the House for 15 years, said at the time.