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Dems enforce abortion litmus test

Michael Ahrens - February 26, 2018

Democrats spent most of last year fighting each other over abortion. And they aren’t done yet.

Last July, DCCC Chair Rep. Ben Ray Luján broke with some in his party and came out against an abortion litmus test, telling The Hill that “[Democrats] have to be a big family in order to win the House back.”

But that’s not stopping the DCCC from bringing down the hammer on seven-term incumbent Rep. Dan Lipinski (D-Ill.) over his opposition to abortion. 

POLITICO reports

“Dan Lipinski is the kind of candidate Democrats need more of for the party to win the House in November. But the national Democratic Party is refusing to endorse him. … DCCC’s actions, [several Democratic lawmakers and aides] argued, could have a chilling effect on current members and potential candidates who don't line up with the progressive purity test liberals are pushing.

“If someone is a big donor to the DCCC or is a big voice like [DCCC National Chair Rep. Jan Schakowsky], if members go astray, are they going to have to watch their back?” said a senior Democratic House staffer. “I think it’s shocking that the DCCC or Chairman Luján can’t say that they support Congressman Lipinski. Supporting incumbents should be No. 1 there.”

Quick refresher: Last spring, after Sen. Bernie Sanders campaigned for a pro-life Democrat in Omaha, DNC Chair Tom Perez ignited a firestorm by announcing that “every Democrat” must support abortion. The drama caused Democrats to lose that closely-watched race in Nebraska, after which party leaders and activists spent months arguing about whether to have an abortion litmus test for candidates.

 


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