The Democrat establishment has a message for progressives thinking about running in 2018: We’re getting involved in primaries, and we’re probably not supporting you.
Despite the “Unity Tours” and attempts to appease them by rallying around far-left policies like single-payer, the Democrat establishment doesn’t actually want progressives running for Congress in 2018.
The base is going to love this. The Hill’s Ben Kamisar reports:
But [DCCC executive director Dan Sena] added that, with the majority on the line, the party is open to picking sides in more traditional Democratic primaries, too, a decision that could ruffle feathers with Democrats who feel shut out by the party establishment.
“I think if we have candidates who have the ability to win general elections, I think we are open to engaging in primaries,” Sena said.
“We are here to win races, and when we have great general election candidates, I don’t think we’ll be bashful about engaging.”
Case Study: DCCC’s Jon Ossoff 2.0
The DCCC apparently hasn’t learned its lesson in GA-6 and is rolling out the red carpet for another candidate who doesn’t live in the district. This time, the DCCC has handpicked Democrat Jason Crow in CO-6, the seat currently held by Republican Rep. Mike Coffman. Crow’s first donors include DCCC Chairman Ben Ray Luján himself and Minority Whip Steny Hoyer.
Meanwhile another Democrat in the race, Obama alum and green energy expert Levi Tilleman, said he was “amused” to receive a “form email” from the DCCC about fundraising, but added that “we can win this with or without the DCCC.” More on this:
Tillemann, who speaks five languages and enrolled in the Denver-area Regis University at the age of 15 before transferring to Yale University, has his own background to tout. He’s a green energy expert and author who advised the Department of Energy during Obama’s administration.
“The DCCC likes Jason Crow; they like his resume. He’s a classic DCCC candidate in that [the DCCC] is good at three things: collecting a resume, raising money and losing elections,” Tillemann said.
“Jason Crow wants to be a congressman, but it’s pretty unclear what he wants to do once he’s a congressman. That’s the classic DCCC problem. They don’t collect people with fire in their bellies.”