Two challengers to Rep. Henry Gonzalez's role as ranking minority member of the House Banking Committee have complained in letters to party colleagues that that the 80-year-old Texan no longer has enough energy to lead the panel's Democrats.

Reps. John LaFalce of New York and Bruce Vento of Minnesota are lobbying for the seat. House Democrats will vote on ranking members next week, though no specific date has been set.

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