- Associated Press - Monday, November 28, 2016

BOSTON (AP) - Congressman Stephen Lynch is backing Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan’s campaign to unseat Nancy Pelosi as House Democratic leader.

The Boston Democrat said Monday he respects Pelosi, but believes Democrats need to change direction and widen their focus to regain the trust of hard-working American families who are the party’s traditional base.

The former ironworker says he believes Ryan understands the plight of American workers and can help the party win back the support of what Lynch describes as “lunch bucket Democrats” who struggle to raise families but haven’t had a raise in a long time.

Lynch says Democrats are increasingly seen as a party of narrow interests backed by elites by ignoring the economic struggles of average Americans.

Lynch calls the recent election “an epic failure and another lost opportunity.”

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