Thurs. 10 pm: It’s official: Ryan to run against ex-mentor

Rep. Timothy J. Ryan announced Thursday he will challenge Nancy Pelosi, his former mentor and the former Speaker of the House, to become House minority leader.

In a seven-paragraph letter sent to Democratic House colleagues on Thursday, the Mahoning Valley congressman announced his intention to run in the leadership election scheduled Nov. 30. In the letter, Ryan  said he spent hours talking to House members about his plans.

“The consensus is clear,” Ryan wrote. “What we are doing right now is not working.”

Since 2010, Democrats have lost more than 60 House seats. Under Pelosi’s leadership, Ryan noted, Democrats have been reduced to the smallest Congressional minority since 1929, the year Republicans took a political hit when the stock market crashed.

Read more in Friday’s Tribune Chronicle.