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The DCCC’s Top 3 Biggest Mistakes Leading Up to Primary Season

Primary voters begin heading to the polls Tuesday as Texas kicks off the 2018 midterm primary season. You won’t believe the mistakes the DCCC has made in recent weeks.

By NTK Staff | 03.05.2018 @10:00am
The DCCC’s Top 3 Biggest Mistakes Leading Up to Primary Season

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) just can’t get it right. That’s according to Democrats who are publicly criticizing the group in recent weeks thanks to a series of bumbling mistakes.

The timing could not be worse for the Democrats’ campaign arm. The party needs to make big gains in the 2018 midterms if it’s going to retake the majority in the House.

That job just got harder thanks to these three big mistakes:

1. Releasing an opposition research memo…on a Democrat.

Just over a week ago, the DCCC took the unheard-of step of releasing opposition research on [candidate for Texas’ 7th Congressional District Laura] Moser (a candidate in their own party) in an effort to stymie her bid.

Among other things, the memo accused Moser of being “a Washington insider” who stated in 2014 that she would rather have a tooth pulled without anesthesia than move to Paris, Texas. It also cited the fact that Moser paid over $50,000 to Revolution Messaging, a firm where her husband works, for her television ads.

2. Telling candidates: Don’t talk about gun control and single-payer healthcare.

As reported by HuffPost, the DCCC advised candidates to not politicize gun control policy in the immediate aftermath of a mass shooting in Las Vegas last year and said that candidates should “be careful about what you post on social media” following last month’s shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Those two emails, combined with a report from The Intercept detailing an effort to get candidates to not wholly embrace single-payer health care, have led a constellation of progressive groups to circulate petitions chastising the DCCC.

3. Backing moderates over “progressives” in contentious primaries.

In other contests, meanwhile, the committee has been accused of backing moderate candidates who don’t reflect the party’s current zeitgeist.

The Daily Beast listed contests in New Jersey, Texas, and Florida as examples of DCCC meddling on behalf of more centrist candidates, upsetting far-left liberals in the process.

Democrats crowed when Republicans experienced political growing pains with the Tea Party movement in 2010. But Republicans also closed the deal on those elections, winning back the House, and eventually the Senate in 2014. Will Democrats be able to coalesce in time?

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