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Far-Left Democrats Rip DCCC Chair Bustos for Rule Change

The DCCC announced a new policy that would essentially blacklist consultants who work with primary challengers. Fringe-left Democrats are furious.

By NTK Staff | 03.28.2019 @11:15am
Far-Left Democrats Rip DCCC Chair Bustos for Rule Change

Far-left liberal Reps. Ro Khanna (D-CA), Pramila Jayapal (D-WA), and Mark Pocan (D-WI) reportedly met with Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) Chair Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-IL) this week to protest a new rule that would essentially blacklist Democratic consultants who work with candidates seeking to challenge incumbent Democrats in a primary.

In a statement provided to The Intercept, Khanna called the policy “tone-deaf” and argued that previous DCCC chairs Rahm Emmanuel and Ben Ray Lujan would never implemented a blacklist policy like this one.

“This unprecedented grab of power is a slap in the face of Democratic voters across the nation. It’s something even Rahm Emanuel would not have done and is totally tone-deaf to the grassroots activists across our nation. Voters are sick of the status quo holding on to power and stifling new voices. They are sick of D.C. politicians who care more about holding on to power than a true competition of ideas,” Khanna wrote.

He also argued the policy would essentially prevent the rise of future candidates along the lines of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), who unseated a ten-term incumbent last June.

“Let’s be clear. If this policy remains in place, it will mean that we will not allow new Ayanna Pressleys or AOCs to emerge. It’s simply wrong,” Khanna said. “It’s also hypocritical for a party that champions strong antitrust. The DCCC is acting as a monopoly by saying that anyone who does business with them can’t do business with any competition. It’s the classic antitrust violation and an unfair restraint on trade. Many progressives in Congress will fight until this rule is changed. We stand for reform in Congress and reform of the Democratic Party machinery to make sure they prioritize our voters and the grassroots.”

It’s not yet clear if this griping will actually lead to any real changes at the DCCC, but the division within the Democratic Party’s ranks will only serve as another distraction as these incumbents begin their reelection campaigns.

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