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DCCC’s War with Ocasio-Cortez Escalates: ‘We Don’t Have Time for Games’

Ocasio-Cortez blasted the DCCC for a policy that blackballed Democratic firms that worked on behalf of primary challengers. Now the DCCC is fighting back.

By NTK Staff | 04.04.2019 @12:00pm
DCCC’s War with Ocasio-Cortez Escalates: ‘We Don’t Have Time for Games’

In a move that shook up the Democratic base last week, rising star and far-left liberal Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) called on her supporters to “pause” their donations to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) due to the committee’s newly adopted rule promising to blackball firms that work with primary challengers.

“The DCCC’s new rule to blacklist+boycott anyone who does business w/ primary challengers is extremely divisive & harmful to the party,” she wrote in a tweet on Saturday. “My recommendation, if you’re a small-dollar donor: pause your donations to DCCC & give directly to swing candidates instead.”

But the DCCC and its allies are firing back this week, standing by their decision to box out vendors who work with challengers. Politico noted Thursday that DCCC Chair Cheri Bustos’ decision to implement the rule was really just codifying what had been an unwritten rule for years. She classified the move as being upfront.

“I’m pretty transparent, I don’t try to do things behind people’s back, I don’t try to mislead,” Bustos told Politico.

Other DCCC allies were more direct.

“We don’t have time for games, we don’t have time for hugs and kisses,” Rep. Cedric Richmond (D-La.), former chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, said in an interview, praising Bustos for taking a hard line to protect the party’s incumbents ahead of a difficult 2020 campaign.

“What you see is what you get,” said Lacy Clay (D-Mo.), who fended off a liberal primary challenger last cycle. “She’s up front about her positions and you have to respect that.”

Bustos added that the vendor blacklist policy is one “that the caucus supports, the leadership supports, and it plays the long game.”

The implication? Ocasio-Cortez, 29, might not be seeing the bigger picture. Still, she has on her side fellow far-left liberals like Reps. Mark Pocan (D-WI) and Pramila Jayapal (D-WA), who condemned the policy as “undemocratic.” Rep. Ro Khanna (D-CA) called it hypocritical, unfair, and “simply wrong.”

Those Democrats made their case to Bustos last week, but the DCCC chair “stood her ground and appeared unwilling to change course,” according to Politico.

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