Ryan's bid to lead House Dems endorsed by Mass. rep
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Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) on Monday picked up another endorsement in his bid to unseat Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) as House Democratic leader.

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“While I have enormous respect for Nancy Pelosi, I believe the Democratic Party needs to change its direction and widen its focus in order to regain the trust and support of millions of hard-working American families who are our traditional base,” Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-Mass.) said in a statement.

Pelosi has led the House Democrats for 14 years and is considered the heavy favorite in Wednesday’s vote.

Lynch is just the eighth Democrat to come out publicly in favor of Ryan. But Wednesday's vote by secret ballot could allow more members to be comfortable coming out against Pelosi.

Ryan announced his long-shot bid in the wake of the Democrats’ electoral letdown earlier this month, saying the party needs a change of direction.

“This last election was an epic failure and another lost opportunity,” Lynch said in his statement. “To continue with business as usual would be a betrayal of our democratic values. I honestly believe that with Tim Ryan as Democratic Leader, we can demonstrate to middle class workers that we really do care about them too.

“And we can tip the balance back in Democrats’ favor and build a future that includes the millions of those American workers who put the Republicans and Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpBill Kristol resurfaces video of Pence calling Obama executive action on immigration a 'profound mistake' ACLU says planned national emergency declaration is 'clear abuse of presidential power' O'Rourke says he'd 'absolutely' take down border wall near El Paso if he could MORE into power.”