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Skeletons emerge as Congressman Ami Bera battles to chair DCCC

Reps. Ami Bera and Tony Cardenas, both of California, are embroiled in a mudslinging battle to chair the powerful Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

Rep. Ami Bera (right) with his wife Janine and daughter Sydra, is shown here after his first Congressional win in 2012. (Sunita Sohrabji photo)

Rep. Ami Bera, D-California, is battling to head up the powerful Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, even as improprieties from his past campaigns are brought to light once again.

Bera, a physician who represents portions of Sacramento in the House, is contending fellow Californian Rep. Tony Cardenas from Los Angeles. The two are embroiled in a fierce, mudslinging battle, even as Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, the new House Minority Leader, has stated his plans to appoint a Democratic member of Congress to the post. Jeffries is defying convention: the post is usually filled via an election by Democratic members of Congress.

Jeffries has not stated publicly who he will pick to fill the seat.

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