Another Democratic congressional candidate said he would not support House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiBiden touts 'progress' during 'candid' meetings on .5T plan Manchin: Biden told moderates to pitch price tag for reconciliation bill On The Money — Democrats rush to finish off infrastructure 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.”
Pureval is challenging incumbent Rep. Steve ChabotSteven (Steve) Joseph ChabotLiberal group launches campaign urging Republicans to support Biden's agenda Blinken grilled in first hearing since Afghanistan withdrawal Bipartisan group of lawmakers call on Biden to ensure journalists safe passage out of Afghanistan 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 SchumerChuck SchumerBiden touts 'progress' during 'candid' meetings on .5T plan Progressives push for fossil subsidy repeal in spending bill Louisiana delegation split over debt hike bill with disaster aid 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.