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Progressive House candidate says recording shows Maryland Rep. Hoyer tried to pressure him to end campaign

Progressive House candidate says recording shows Maryland Rep. Hoyer tried to pressure him to end campaign

A Colorado congressional candidate said Thursday he secretly recorded a conversation with Rep. Steny Hoyer of Southern Maryland in which the No. 2 Democrat in the House tried to pressure him into leaving the Democratic primary race in favor of the national party’s chosen candidate.

Levi Tillemann said he carefully considered whether to take the unusual steps of recording a conversation with Hoyer last December in a Denver hotel — and then releasing the smartphone audio to the media.

“This was a very difficult decision to make,” said Tillemann, who is running in a June 26 primary. “I respect confidentiality and I respect privacy.”

But he said he moved forward with the...

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