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Rep. Tim Ryan says he’ll run for House in 2020. Maybe these are his teammates.

Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, announced Thursday that he will join five other moderate Democrats seeking to be the party’s House candidate in their district during the 2020 midterm elections. This action indicates that with the possible exception of California Rep. Eric Swalwell, who announced last week that he would seek the spot, Ryan will run as an establishment candidate who supports President Donald Trump on the need

to increase military spending. The Trump administration’s budget already included massive increases in the Defense Department’s budget, including the request of $686 billion for combat operations, 20 percent more than was requested last year. Meanwhile, the opposition is another political veteran who has run and lost an intraparty Democratic primary for the seat held by Rep. Bill Johnson. While Johnson has held his

seat since 2013, the district has been a swing seat. In 2016, Johnson defeated his GOP opponent by just 2,210 votes – a Democrat besting a Republican for the first time in more than a decade. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., also named a list of moderate Democrats Friday who are also running for the seat. Democrats in the district have been rocked by several high-profile members who have left the party,

including longtime Rep. David Joyce, who took the seat with the help of anti-Pelosi GOP campaigns. Pelosi has moved aggressively to fill those losses in the year of their respective defeats, with the ambition to become House speaker. This House Armed Services member is currently a Democrat – one of 4 trending from the #TRANSGENDERPerspective and can be found by searching within the transgender community. The majority

of House Democrats are supporting the #fightfortransitioninname. Click here for information on this initiative: https://t.co/n1ly17Y7cy pic.twitter.com/aF5k4XIooy — Rebecca Kennerly (@RebeccaKennerly) July 21, 2018 On the right, Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., has been campaigning with Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., the chairman of the House Freedom Caucus, and the idea that Kinzinger would run against Pelosi for speaker

seems to have also circulated around the Trump White House. Just a few months ago, the White House reported to have been deeply concerned by Kinzinger’s run against John Shimkus, whose office had hosted a private meeting with Trump. However, he said, “They also are focused on my work to do Congress and to represent our military. They are not focused on my opposition to [Trump’s] tariffs or other policy positions.”

The round of open seats are a natural result of six Republican departures since April, along with the election of Trump’s polarizing nominee for attorney general, and the resignations of several veteran House Democrats. Besides Kinzinger, Reps. Sean Duffy, R-Wis., Dan Donovan, R-N.Y., Barbara Comstock, R-Va., and John Katko, R-N.Y., also announced earlier this year that they wouldn’t seek reelection. They each had an

$8.3 million campaign war chest as of their most recent financial filings, and Daly recently announced his primary opponent in California, Darlene Sonnier. Duffy issued a challenge Friday to conservative Rep. Tom Reed, R-N.Y., who announced earlier this year that he wouldn’t seek reelection. “I’m running for Congress to represent New York’s 23rd Congressional District because I know that through our commitment to

America’s working families, we will once again move our country forward and stop drifting apart,” Duffy said in a statement released by his campaign. “These issues are too important to put off to later. Working families have too much at stake in this election.” One of the newly announced House campaigns in which Democrats are looking to make a splash is in New York’s 23rd District, where a former Trump aide, Mai

Khanh Tran, announced her candidacy last week. She will face off against Rashida Tlaib, one of eight Democratic women who won primaries in Michigan in the May 8 primary. Tlaib will be among the first women of color to run for office as a member of Congress.

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