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Meet the 2017 ‘Dems Turn to Vets’ Story, Same as the 2013 Story

Democrats get caught pitching the same story to Politico almost four years apart

By NTK Staff | 04.04.2017 @11:00am
Meet the 2017 ‘Dems Turn to Vets’ Story, Same as the 2013 Story

The Democrats have a new strategy to retake the House of Representatives in 2018 according to Politico. Headlined, “Democrats recruit veterans early for 2018 battle,” Politico’s Edward-Isaac Dovere looks at how Democrats are turning to military veterans as candidates to retake the House in 2018.

The problem for House Democrats is this strategy isn’t anything new as exemplified by Politico. Almost four years ago, Politico’s Alex Isenstadt wrote almost the exact same story, this time headlined, “Dems turn to vets to run in 2014.” That was the same cycle in which high profile recruits like Kevin Strouse in Pennsylvania and Jerry Cannon in Michigan failed to unseat Republican candidates. Check out the uncanny similarities between the Politico stories:

Politico: “Democrats recruit veterans early for 2018 battle” (4/4/17): Democrats are looking to turn the Donald Trump resistance movement into an army of candidates to try to take back the House in 2018. Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee leaders have already met with 255 potential candidates across 64 districts, convinced that the shifting political environment has opened new opportunities that they’ll chase in next year’s midterms. A rough profile of their ideal candidate has started to emerge: veterans, preferably with small business experience too. They’d like as many of them to be women or people who’ve never run for office before — and having young children helps.

Politico: “Dems turn to vets to run in 2014” (9/17/13): Democrats need to win in conservative parts of the country next year to capture the House and keep the Senate — and they’re turning to a few good men (and women) to help. The party has mounted a concerted push to recruit military veterans to run in next year’s midterm, figuring it’s a lot harder for Republicans to caricature people who’ve donned their country’s uniform as Obama-loving liberals.

The 2017 version of the Politico story did not reference the 2013 version.

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