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Progressives Call for No. 2 House Dem’s Head After He Pressures Leftist Candidate to Drop Out

Audio provided to The Intercept showed Rep. Steny Hoyer interfering in a Democratic primary. Progressives want him gone.

By NTK Staff | 04.26.2018 @5:00pm
Progressives Call for No. 2 House Dem’s Head After He Pressures Leftist Candidate to Drop Out

After The Intercept obtained an undercover recording of House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD) pressuring a left-wing candidate to drop out of a primary race, progressive groups are pressuring House Democrats to dump their second-in-command.

In a secretly recorded meeting with Hoyer, Colorado Democratic candidate Levi Tillemann urged the Democratic establishment to stay out of the primary.

Hoyer refused, and he “asked Tillemann to leave the race multiple times and make way for” the establishment’s choice. He even told the left-wing candidate that the party does this in every district:

In a frank and wide-ranging conversation, Hoyer laid down the law for Tillemann. The decision, Tillemann was told, had been made long ago. It wasn’t personal, Hoyer insisted, and there was nothing uniquely unfair being done to Tillemann, he explained: This is how the party does it everywhere.

The secretly taped audio recording, released here for the first time, reveals how senior Democratic officials have worked to crush competitive primaries and steer political resources, money, and other support to hand-picked candidates in key races across the country, long before the party publicly announces a preference.

Following the publication of Hoyer’s remarks, Democracy for America, a left-wing group, called on Democrats to remove the whip from his leadership positions.

“Steny Hoyer should resign or be removed from House Democratic leadership immediately,” Charles Chamberlain, the executive director of Democracy for America, said.

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