Dem Establishment Looks To Relive Their Only 2016 Victory - Tearing Down A Progressive Candidate
· Seven Democratic candidates are running in the primary for Texas' 7 th Congressional district that will take place Tuesday.
· Last week, the DCCC posted opposition research attacking one of the Democratic candidates in this race, Laura Moser, pointing out that, among other things, she had once said she would rather have her teeth pulled out without anesthesia than live in a city in rural Texas.
· The infighting rapidly escalated engulfing the party with DNC Chair Tom Perez saying he "wouldn't have done" what the DCCC did and former Obama aide Jon Favreau calling the DCCC's attack on Moser "pretty bullsh*t."
· Progressives retaliated by apparently leaking multiple DCCC internal memos that portrayed the DCCC as weak on progressive issues.
· Now, a slew of prominent progressive groups, including Our Revolution, Justice Democrats, and CREDO have come out against the DCCC's decision, saying "the DCCC is doubling down on a strategy to court moderate Republicans and the billionaire class instead of the progressive wing of their own party."
· Our Revolution said "the DCCC's ridiculous attacks on Laura Moser are why Democrats nationally have lost over 1,100 seats."
INFIGHTING DOMINATES TEXAS PRIMARY
This Week, A Primary Election Will Be Held To Determine The 2018 Democratic Nominee For The Seventh Congressional District Of Texas
Tomorrow Is The Primary Election In Texas' 7th Congressional District. "On March 6, Texas will hold the first statewide primary of the Trump era. This cycle has an unusually high number of prominent open races, with eight Texans in the U.S. House opting not to run for re-election and more than a dozen in the Texas Legislature doing the same." ("2018 Texas Primaries," The Texas Tribune , Accessed 3/3/18)
This District Is Critical For The Democrats Who Hope To Win Back The House In 2018 Because Hillary Clinton Won Here In 2016. "Those tensions burst into public view last week, when the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee attacked Democrat Laura Moser, who's running in a multi-candidate Texas congressional primary in a district currently held by a Republican but won by Clinton." (Alexis Levinson, "Progressives Are Determined To Prove In 2018 What They Couldn't In 2016: Bernie Would've Won," Buzzfeed , 2/28/18)
Laura Moser, A "Progressive Activist," Is A Democratic Candidate For Congress In Texas' 7th Congressional District. "And then there's Laura Moser, a progressive activist who's apparently been raking in money lately. She's running for Congress in Texas 7th District, which is currently represented by nine-term Republican Rep. John Culberson but voted for Hillary Clinton over President Trump in 2016." ("Your Guide To The Wild And Crazy Texas Primaries," CBS News , 2/28/18)
Moser Is One Of Seven Democratic Candidates Running In The Primary. "Laura Moser is one of seven Democrats competing for the chance to unseat Rep. John Culberson (R-Texas) this November." (Josh Voorhees, "Bernie-Style Progressives Pick A Texas-Size Fight With The Democratic Establishment," Slate , 3/1/18)
Moser, A "Sanders-Style Progressive," Has Received Support From Progressive Groups Including Our Revolution Who Said "The People Of Texas Should Be Allowed To Make Their Own Decisions On Who To Vote For Without The Influence Of Washington Insiders." "'The people of Texas should be allowed to make their own decisions on who to vote for without the influence of Washington insiders,' Our Revolution board member Jim Hightower said in a statement, which also highlighted Moser's support for Sanders-style progressive planks like raising the minimum wage and Medicare for all." (Josh Voorhees, "Bernie-Style Progressives Pick A Texas-Size Fight With The Democratic Establishment," Slate , 3/1/18)
The Battle Between Progressives And Establishment Democrats Rages On, As Last Week The DCCC Attacked Moser With Opposition Research
Last Week, The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) Attacked Moser Publically By Publishing Opposition Research Findings That Said, Among Other Things, " Laura Moser's Outright Disgust For Life In Texas Disqualifies Her As A General Election Candidate." "The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee also circulated a memo alleging that a sizable chunk of money from Moser's campaign has been paid to her husband's consulting firm. (He's a former Obama administration official who is now a partner at the progressive ad firm Revolution Messaging.) 'Laura Moser's outright disgust for life in Texas disqualifies her as a general election candidate,' DCCC communications director Meredith Kelly said. It's the first public shot at a fellow Democratic candidate so far this election cycle, but the committee isn't ruling out further intraparty engagement." (Josh Kraushaar, "As Primaries Approach, Democratic Divisions Deepen," National Journal , 2/25/18)
In The Opposition Research Memo, The DCCC Quoted Moser From 2014 Where She Allegedly Said She Would "Sooner Have My Teeth Pulled Out Without Anesthesia" Than Live In Paris, Texas. "Central to the DCCC's case against Moser is a 2014 Washingtonian article in which she wrote that she'd 'sooner have my teeth pulled out without anesthesia' than live in Paris, Texas. The committee feared the article was ready-made for scathing attack ads casting Moser as a DC-loving, Texas-loathing carpetbagger -- the kind that her campaign might never be able to overcome." (Eric Bradner, "How A Texas House Primary Erupted Into A Full-Blown Democratic War," CNN , 3/4/18)
The Opposition Research File Contained Four Lines Of Personal Attack On Moser As A "DC Insider" And For Hiring Her Husband's Consulting Firm To Work On Her Campaign. " The oppo file went on to list four bullet points, the first three of which highlighted the fact that Moser previously lived in D.C. and the last of which criticized Moser for hiring her husband's D.C. consulting firm to work on her campaign." (Josh Voorhees, "Bernie-Style Progressives Pick A Texas-Size Fight With The Democratic Establishment," Slate , 3/1/18)
The DCCC's Decision To Attack A Bernie-Styled Candidate Soon Engulfed Discussion Of The Race And The Infighting Spread To A National Level
The Daily Beast Headline: "Democratic Establishment And Progressive Left Go To War Over House Candidate In Texas." (Gideon Resnick, "Democratic Establishment And Progressive Left Go To War Over House Candidate In Texas," The Daily Beast , 3/1/18)
Slate Headline: "Bernie-Style Progressives Pick A Texas-Size Fight With The Democratic Establishment." (Josh Voorhees, "Bernie-Style Progressives Pick A Texas-Size Fight With The Democratic Establishment," Slate , 3/1/18)
DNC Chair Tom Perez Said "I Wouldn't Have Done It" When Asked About The DCCC's Opposition Hit On Moser. (Susan Page, Twitter Feed , 3/2/18)
ABC News' Emily Goodin Said "Wow. DNC Chair Throwing DCCC Under The Bus…" (Emily Goodin, Twitter Feed , 3/2/18)
Former Aide To President Obama Jon Favreau Said "I'd Really Like To Know Why They [DCCC] Decided To Publicly Dump Opposition Research About Laura Moser, Some Of Which Seems Fairly Misleading." (Jon Favreau, Twitter Feed , 2/23/18)
Favreau Called The DCCC's Attack On Moser "Pretty Bullsh*t." JON FAVREAU: "She [Moser] grew up in Houston and then she moved away. And it's a quote from her saying, 'Oh I would never want to live in Paris, Texas', which is like 2 hours outside of Houston in a rural area. Like, she loves Houston she grew up there. So that's one saying 'oh, she's made fun of Texas.' That's the other thing, they actually took her out of context in the research which is pretty bullshit." (Jon Favreau, Remarks On Pod Save America Podcast, 2/26/18)
The Washington Post's Aaron Blake Mockingly Tweeted "The Democratic Party, Ladies And Gentlemen.": (Aaron Blake, Twitter Feed , 3/2/18)
AP's Nick Riccardi Said "It's Almost Like It's…Democrats In…Disarray?" (Nick Riccardi, Twitter Feed , 3/2/18)
NBC's Benjy Sarlin Said "Amazing, Seem To Have Turned A Crowded Local Primary With Multiple Progressives Into A National Referendum On Bernie Vs Establishment." (Benjy Sarlin, Twitter Feed , 3/1/18)
Escalating The Infighting, Progressives Began Leaking Embarrassing DCCC Internal Documents
Three Internal DCCC Memos Leaked Shortly After The Organization Attacked A Democratic Candidate In Texas. "Three internal strategy memos from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee have now leaked in two days, the week after the organization was criticized for attacking a Democratic candidate in Texas." (Alexi McCammond, "The DCCC's Messaging Woes," Axios , 2/28/18)
DCCC Press Staff Advised Democrat Congressional Candidates To Not Discuss "Gun Violence Prevention Policy" The Morning After The Las Vegas Shooting. "The morning after the Oct. 1 mass shooting in Las Vegas, a member of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's press staff warned House candidates and their staffs not to 'politicize' the shooting that day. Politicization, according to the DCCC official, included talking about gun violence prevention policy." (Daniel Marans, "DCCC Advised Candidates Not To Discuss Gun Control Policy Right After Vegas Shooting," The Huffington Post , 2/27/18)
DCCC Press Staff Also Urged Democrat Candidates To Not Politicize The Parkland, Florida School Shooting. "The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee not only warned its candidates to avoid talking about gun control policy immediately after the Las Vegas shooting in October, but also sent a similar message after the recent massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. The afternoon of the Parkland, Florida, shooting on Feb. 14, a member of the DCCC press staff counseled House campaigns to avoid saying anything that could be construed as 'politicizing' the tragedy." (Daniel Marans, "DCCC Advised Candidates To 'Be Careful' With Initial Comments On Parkland Shooting," Huffington Post , 2/28/18)
The DCCC's "Cautious Approach" To Gun Control "Disappointed" Activists And Was Described As "Pathetic." "But the cautious approach in Lukaske's email is increasingly out of touch with what many party members, as well as gun violence prevention activists, would like to see from politicians ― especially in the wake of the recent deadly shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Many of the surviving Parkland students waited almost no time before beginning to agitate for different gun policies, sparking a movement that has captivated the country. Gun violence prevention activists said they were disappointed the DCCC was advising candidates not to aggressively talk about policy solutions as often as possible. Ladd Everitt, director of the gun violence prevention group One Pulse for America, described the DCCC email as 'pathetic.' Mark Glaze, senior adviser to the group Guns Down, said it was 'straight out of the NRA's talking points.'" (Daniel Marans, "DCCC Advised Candidates Not To Discuss Gun Control Policy Right After Vegas Shooting," The Huffington Post , 2/27/18)
Senior Adviser To Guns Down, Mark Glaze, Said The DCCC's Behavior Was "Straight Out Of The NRA's Talking Points" And Called Them "Even More Incompetent Than We Thought." "Mark Glaze, senior adviser to the group Guns Down, said it was 'straight out of the NRA's talking points.' 'If the DCCC is willing to give up a key issue and offend virtually every Democrat so as not to bother eight Independents in rural Missouri, they're even more incompetent than we thought, and Democrats should be very worried about the midterms,' Glaze said." (Daniel Marans, "DCCC Advised Candidates Not To Discuss Gun Control Policy Right After Vegas Shooting," The Huffington Post , 2/27/18)
The DCCC Told Candidates It Does Not Want Them Supporting Single-Payer Health Care. "The messaging handouts, obtained by The Intercept, made clear where the party wants its candidates to stand when it comes to health care reform - preferably nowhere, but certainly not with single payer advocates." (Zaid Jilani, "DCCC Internal Polling Presented To Members Of Congress Panned Single Payer Health Care," The Intercept , 2/27/18)
The DCCC Cautioned Democrats That The American People "Overwhelmingly Want Congress To Improve The Affordable Care Act," Not Do Anything "Radically Different." "The memo cautions Democrats, 'The American people overwhelmingly want Congress to improve the Affordable Care Act, not repeal it or replace it with something radically different. We need to offer reasonable solutions to improve the law instead of a massive overhaul.'" (Zaid Jilani, "DCCC Internal Polling Presented To Members Of Congress Panned Single Payer Health Care," The Intercept , 2/27/18)
The DCCC Was Blasted By Progressives For Opposing Single Payer, With The Justice Democrats Saying "It's Becoming Evident That The DCCC - And The Billionaire Donors And Revolving Door Consultants That Make Up The Democratic Party's Establishment - Believe Democrats Can Only Take Back Congress Running On A Watered-Down Message." "The Justice Democrats - founded by The Young Turks creator, progressive activist Cenk Uygur - shared its criticism of the DCCC in response to reports that the DCCC told lawmakers not to support single-payer health care and to refrain from talking about gun control policies following a mass shooting last year. 'It's becoming evident that the DCCC - and the billionaire donors and revolving door consultants that make up the Democratic Party's establishment - believe Democrats can only take back Congress running on a watered-down message,' the Justice Democrats said in a statement." (John Bowden, "Progressives Torch DCCC Over Gun Control, Single-Payer," The Hill , 2/27/18)
Progressive Democrats Are Furious At The DCCC's Actions, And Have Called Them, Among Things, "Ridiculous" And "Standing In The Way Of Progress"
The Hill: "Progressives Torch DCCC Over Gun Control, Single-Payer" (John Bowden, "Progressives Torch DCCC Over Gun Control, Single-Payer," The Hill , 2/27/18)
The Democratic Infighting Has "Opened Wounds" In The Party "That Never Quite Healed After The 2016 Election." " Now, with two days left before the Texas primary on Tuesday, the infighting has opened wounds within the Democratic Party that never quite healed after the 2016 election, when Sanders supporters accused the Democratic National Committee of tipping the scales in favor of Hillary Clinton." (Eric Bradner, "How A Texas House Primary Erupted Into A Full-Blown Democratic War," CNN , 3/4/18)
The Attack On Moser Has Reinvigorated The Dissatisfaction Of Progressive Bernie Sanders Supporters Against Establishment Hillary Clinton Supporters Like The DCCC Who Progressives Still Fault For Its "Favoritism" Of Clinton In The 2016 Presidential Race. "The attacked led progressives to cry foul at the national party, which grassroots activists had accused of favoritism for Hillary Clinton over Bernie Sanders in the 2016 presidential race." (Eric Bradner, "Tensions Flare Among Democrats As Primaries Approach," CNN , 2/28/18)
In Response To The DCCC's Attack On Moser, The Bernie Sanders-Linked Progressive Group Our Revolution Endorsed Moser. "Our Revolution on Thursday announced its endorsement of Laura Moser for U.S. House of Representatives representing Texas' 7th Congressional District. She is also endorsed by the statewide group, Our Revolution Texas. Moser is a leader and organizer who founded Daily Action, a text-messaging service that allows people to engage directly in the political process." (Press Release, "Our Revolution Endorses Laura Moser For U.S. House Of Representatives," Our Revolution , 3/1/18)
- In Their Endorsement, Our Revolution Said "The DCCC's Ridiculous Attacks On Laura Moser Are Why Democrats Nationally Have Lost Over 1,100 Seats. Laura Is A Rising Progressive Advocate That The Workaday People Of Texas Desperately Need." "'The DCCC's ridiculous attacks on Laura Moser are why Democrats nationally have lost over 1,100 seats. Laura is a rising progressive advocate that the workaday people of Texas desperately need,' said Jim Hightower, Our Revolution Board Member." (Press Release, "Our Revolution Endorses Laura Moser For U.S. House Of Representatives," Our Revolution , 3/1/18)
- Nina Turner, President Of Our Revolution, Said "The DCCC Has Lost Touch With Its Base." (Justice Democrats, Twitter Feed , 3/2/18)
Kay Brezler, Co-Founder Of People For Bernie, Said "These Actions Prove There Are Forces Within The DCCC Who Have No Interest In Working With The Millions Of New Party Activists." "'These actions prove there are forces within the DCCC who have no interest in working with the millions of new party activists,' said Kay Brezler, a co-founder of People for Bernie. 'Instead they just want to siphon money from activists bank accounts in order to maintain the status quo, or worse, create a House of Representatives favorable to Donald Trump.'" (David Catanese, "Democratic Primaries Get Nasty," U.S. News And World Report , 3/2/18)
As Tensions Continued To Grow Since The DCCC's Initial Attack On Moser And Other Progressives, Our Revolution, CREDO, And Justice Democrats Launched Petitions Against The DCCC's "Attempts To Push Democratic Candidates And Elected Officials Toward 'Moderation.'" (Ruby Cramer, Twitter Feed , 3/2/18)
Executive Director Of Justice Democrats, Saikat Chakrabarti Said "The DCCC Is Doubling Down On A Strategy To Court Moderate Republicans And The Billionaire Class Instead Of The Progressive Wing Of Their Own Party." (Justice Democrats, Twitter Feed , 3/2/18)
Co-Director Of CREDO Action Heidi Hess Said "The DCCC's Advice To Candidates And Its Failure To Fully Embrace Candidates Of Color Is Standing In The Way Of Progress." (Justice Democrats, Twitter Feed , 3/2/18)
Neera Tanden, President Of The Center For American Progress And Former Clinton Advisor, Pushed Back After Moser Posted A Campaign Ad In Which She Attacks The System Of Washington Party Bosses Picking Candidates, Alluding To Clinton's Nomination By The DNC In 2016. (Neera Tanden, Twitter Feed , 3/2/18)
- Tanden Previously Served As A Campaign And Policy Advisor To Hillary Clinton. "Tanden has worked on domestic policy both on Capitol Hill and in think tanks since graduating from Yale Law School. She helped the 2008 Hillary Rodham Clinton campaign shape its policy proposals, and worked on Clinton's plans for new energy policies, economic and health-care reforms, as well as her plan to end the Iraq war." ("Who Runs Gov: Neera Tanden," The Washington Post , Accessed 3/5/18)