DCCC says they can get involved in Democratic primaries, just days before the DNC vice chair said the party wouldn’t be involved in Democratic primaries.
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) and the Democratic National Committee (DNC) seem to have differing views on whether the party will be getting involved in Democratic primaries in 2018, as both have given conflicting answers to that question this week.
DNC Vice Chair Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) on Monday wanted to have it both ways when answering a question about whether the party will get involved in primaries on behalf of incumbent Democrats.
“[The DNC] cannot get in a primary, not for an incumbent, not for anybody,” Ellison said during an interview the Young Turks’ Cenk Uygur.
Ellison immediately flipped on that position, though, telling Uygur, “but then there is the pragmatic situation, too. You’ve got some folks who … if that person loses that primary are they going to lose that seat? Which is kind of scary proposition because at the end of the day … we’ve got to have majorities. What you’re asking me is not an easy call.”
According to McClatchy’s Katie Glueck, a DCCC spokesperson told reporters on Wednesday that the DCCC reserves “the right to get involved in primaries.”
The Democratic Party has been criticized for not having a clear strategy to regain power following its stunning losses during the 2016 election. These conflicting messages from the DCCC and DNC won’t help that perception.
[UPDATE: Please note this article has been updated to reflect that Katie Glueck is a reporter for McClatchy and not a spokesperson for the DCCC]
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