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APRIL 29, 2018

     Two peas in a pod. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi came to the defense of Minority Whip Steny Hoyer on Thursday after an audio recording surfaced of Hoyer apparently trying to pressure a progressive candidate for a U.S. House seat in Colorado to drop out of the race. Some progressive Democrats, in turn, have been calling for Hoyer to resign.

     “In terms of candidates and campaigns, I don’t see anything inappropriate in what Mr. Hoyer was engaged in — a conversation about the realities of life in the race as to who can make the general election,” Pelosi, a California Democrat, told reporters at her weekly news conference. In the recording released by the Intercept, a man they identified as Hoyer, D-Md., tells candidate Levi Tillemann, a 36-year-old entrepreneur running for Colorado’s 6th Congressional District seat, to drop out of the race in favor of party-backed Jason Crow.

     “Yeah, I’m for Crow,” Hoyer was recorded saying at the December meeting in a Denver hotel. “I am for Crow because a judgment was made very early on. I didn’t participate in the decision.

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