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New York Congressman Joseph Crowley said Republicans must stop invoking House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi in attacks on Democratic candidates.

Crowley, a Democrat who represents Queens, is the chairman of the House Democratic caucus.

He was asked by a reporter about how Pennsylvania special election candidate Conor Lamb distanced himself from Pelosi during his campaign against State Rep. Rick Saccone (R-Allegheny).

Crowley said it was inappropriate for the GOP to use Pelosi to cast criticism on Lamb.

"Conor really localized the issues," he said, adding that Republicans supporting Saccone tried to "nationalize" the race.

"[The Republicans'] attempts to use Nancy Pelosi is failing them at this point, and I think quite frankly it's sexist," Crowley said.

Crowley said Lamb, who as of Wednesday afternoon held a narrow lead over Saccone with all precincts reporting, successfully made trade and social security the chief issues of his campaign in the southwest corner of the Commonwealth.

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