Top progressive group comes out against Himes as DCCC chair
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A major progressive group is hoping to pressure House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) against appointing a congressman close to Wall Street as chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC).

The Progressive Change Campaign Committee (PCCC) sent an email to more than a million members on Thursday, urging them to “call Nancy Pelosi right now and tell her Jim Himes appointment would hurt Democratic chances in 2016.”

As current Chairman Rep. Steve Israel (D-N.Y.) departs after two terms at the helm of the DCCC, progressives are concerned about Himes, a former Goldman Sachs investment banker, and his perceived close relationship with Wall Street.


In the past three election cycles, he has taken more money for his campaigns from the investment industry than any other field, according to data compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics.

After leaving Goldman Sachs, Himes led the New York branch of an affordable housing group. He's also been a supporter of parts of the Dodd-Frank financial reform bill and defended the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. He later introduced legislation that would have changed the law in a way some said would weaken the bill's regulation of financial derivatives.

Himes's office declined to comment on the PCCC's email.

Himes is not the only member in the running for the top job at the committee. Reps. Joaquín Castro (D-Texas), Donna Edwards (D-Md.), Lois FrankelLois Jane FrankelShakespeare Theatre Company goes virtual for 'Will on the Hill...or Won't They?' Florida Democrat introduces bill to recognize Puerto Rico statehood referendum Hillicon Valley: Democrats demand answers over Russian interference bulletin | Google Cloud wins defense contract for cancer research | Cyberattack disrupts virtual classes MORE (D-Fla.) and Jared Polis (D-Colo.) are said to be considered for the post. Rep. Joseph Kennedy (D-Mass.) was also being considered, but then said he was not interested in the position.

The Progressive Change Campaign Committee email was sent following victory for the liberal base. Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenHillicon Valley: Subpoenas for Facebook, Google and Twitter on the cards | Wray rebuffs mail-in voting conspiracies | Reps. raise mass surveillance concerns On The Money: Anxious Democrats push for vote on COVID-19 aid | Pelosi, Mnuchin ready to restart talks | Weekly jobless claims increase | Senate treads close to shutdown deadline Democratic senators ask inspector general to investigate IRS use of location tracking service MORE (D-Mass.) joined Senate leadership on Thursday and will act as a liaison between Democrats and the party base. Warren has aggressively pursued tighter regulations on large banks.

The PCCC praised the development in another email to supporters, noting that they were heavily involved in her campaign for the Senate.