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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 PelosiPelosi heckled by Miami Republicans, Proud Boys at campaign event Pelosi, Schumer: Trump 'desperate' to put focus on immigration, not health care Trump urges Dems to help craft new immigration laws: ‘Chuck & Nancy, call me!' 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 ChabotElection Countdown: O'Rourke goes on the attack | Takeaways from fiery second Texas Senate debate | Heitkamp apologizes for ad misidentifying abuse victims | Trump Jr. to rally for Manchin challenger | Rick Scott leaves trail to deal with hurricane damage Credit union group to spend .8 million for vulnerable Dem, GOP incumbents Sessions calls on former colleagues to send drone legislation to Trump's desk 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 SchumerThe Hill's Morning Report — Presented by the Coalition for Affordable Prescription Drugs — Health care a top policy message in fall campaigns McConnell says deficits 'not a Republican problem' Medicare for All is disastrous for American seniors and taxpayers 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.