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Lawmaker calls on Koh to return donation from Jared Kushner’s brother


One Democratic state senator who is exploring a run for the state’s 3rd congressional district seat is calling on a potential primary opponent to return a political donation from the brother of Jared Kushner, the son-in-law and senior adviser to President Trump.

On Tuesday, Barbara L’Italien called on Democratic congressional candidate Daniel A. Koh to “immediately reject” a $2,700 donation from Joshua Kushner.

“The residents of our congressional district deserve someone representing them in congress who will be in a position to stand up to the Trump administration,” said L’Italien in a statement. “In what appears to be an attempt to buy this seat, Dan Koh has compromised his position and has shown he is willing to accept donations regardless of the source.”


Koh, an Andover native who knows Joshua Kushner from their time at Harvard University and Harvard Business School, raised $806,000 during his first month on the campaign trail.

His campaign declined to comment on L’Italien’s statement on Tuesday.

L’Italien, an Andover Democrat, last month said that she was opening a congressional campaign exploratory committee, saying she was “off and running” for the seat that US Representative Niki Tsongas is vacating.

Other Democrats interested in the congressional seat include state Representative Juana Matias, Cambridge city councilor Nadeem Mazen, business consultant Loria Trahan, and hotel executive Abhijit “Beej” Das.

For the GOP, businessman Rick Green and former Navy pilot Scott Gunderson have said they are running.

Jim O’Sullivan of the Globe Staff contributed to this report. Danny McDonald can be reached at Follow him on Twitter @Danny__McDonald.