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Dem Rep. Launches Leadership PAC to Help Dems Challenging Incumbents

“So I’m focused not just on who puts their name on the ballot, but again the people behind the people and diversifying that bench,” Pressley said.

By NTK Staff | 06.04.2019 @12:12pm
Dem Rep. Launches Leadership PAC to Help Dems Challenging Incumbents

“So I’m focused not just on who puts their name on the ballot, but again the people behind the people and diversifying that bench,” Pressley said.

The Democratic Party is showing fresh signs of division with Rep. Ayanna Pressley’s (D-MA) announcement that she intends to launch a new leadership political action committee (PAC), which would aid “Democratic candidates — including those challenging incumbents” on Monday.

WBUR first reported on Pressley’s new leadership PAC, which will be called the Power of Us PAC.

Power of Us PAC “will also fund civic engagement efforts and help cultivate a diverse pipeline for community activists and organizers to access federal-level campaigns, something Pressley said is necessary to knock down barriers many newcomers face,” according to WBUR.

“During my congressional campaign I said that this was not about any one person,” said Pressley, who defeated Democratic incumbent Rep. Mike Capuano in 2018. “The only way that we would be able to effectuate change in a deep, meaningful, sustainable way is to build a movement.”

Pressley has been a vocal critic of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s (DCCC) new policy, which would blackball any political consultants who worked with Democratic candidates who are challenging incumbent Democrats.

“Pressley has criticized policies she says create barriers to political newcomers seeking to disrupt the status quo, including a Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee rule she said, will have a disparate impact on women and people of color.”

Despite Pressley’s criticism of the DCCC, she told WBUR that the creation of her leadership PAC was not a response to the DCCC new rule.

“So I’m focused not just on who puts their name on the ballot, but again the people behind the people and diversifying that bench,” Pressley said. “I think there are so many people that are already leading, that have the natural abilities or the professional transferable skill sets to assume these roles on campaigns on the federal level but they haven’t been invited.”

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