Liberals oppose Himes in House Democratic race

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut Rep. Jim Himes faced opposition from liberals in his own party who lobbied against the former Goldman Sachs banker in a race for a Democratic leadership post in the House of Representatives.

Himes, who represents Connecticut’s Gold Coast, home to Wall Street workers and an outsized Republican electorate in a heavily Democratic state, drew fire from liberals contrasting him against populist Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts.

A Himes spokesman says the congressman played a leading role fighting for Wall Street reform by helping craft the 2010 Dodd-Frank law intended to prevent a repeat of the 2008 financial crisis.

Minority leader Nancy Pelosi announced Monday that she picked New Mexico Rep. Ben Ray Lujan (loo-‘HAHN) to head the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, which seeks to increase the party’s ranks in the House.

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