House Democrats are hitting their own campaign arm over its guerrilla strategy of promoting far-right candidates in Republican primaries, on the theory they will be easier to defeat in November, according to a new report.
Politico reported on Wednesday that discontent came to a head after it was revealed the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) spent nearly half a million dollars to overturn Michigan nominee John Gibbs’ challenge to GOP Rep. Peter Meijer in to support the primary elections on August 2nd.
Gibbs, a former official at the Department of Housing and Urban Development during the Trump administration, has a history of fanning conspiracy theories and expressing skepticism that the 2020 presidential election results were on the up.
Former President Donald Trump endorsed Gibbs in November last year.
“No race is worth compromising your values in this way,” Rep. Stephanie Murphy (D-Fla.), a member of the House of Representatives investigating last year’s Capitol riot, told Politico.
“It’s dishonorable, and it’s dangerous, and it’s just bloody wrong,” added Rep. Dean Phillips (D-Minn.), while Long Island Rep. Kathleen Rice (D-NY) described the strategy as ” unscrupulous”.
“Dirty games like this are an integral part of political campaigns. But when you’re talking about putting money behind candidates who come to Washington and want to destroy our democracy … it’s no longer a political dirty trick,” she told the outlet.
Other Democrats have feared the strategy will backfire and the fringe candidates will actually win the office.
“I want to win these races, but it worries me,” said Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.). “I’m really concerned about promoting abstention and this idea that we’re going to be able to control what voters want at the end of the day.”
“I think it’s very dangerous to support candidates like that in this environment,” agreed Rep. Jason Crow (D-Colo.), who told the outlet he made his concerns clear to the DCCC.
“Of course that can backfire. And that’s one of the reasons I don’t think it’s a good idea,” he added. “Not only do I think it sends the wrong message, but it’s also risky in terms of content.”
The DCCC ads promoting Gibbs don’t endorse him, instead labeling him “too conservative” for Michigan — a piece of reverse psychology intended to bolster him among right-wing voters wary of Meijer, one of 10 Republicans in the House of Representatives who voted to impeach Trump on the January 6, 2021 violence.
“I’m tired of hearing the hypocritical cops that the Democrats are the pro-democracy party,” Meijer himself told Politico in response to the maneuver.
The Congressional Campaign Committee isn’t the only Democratic organization pushing far-right candidates.
Last week, the Democratic Governors Association achieved success with the strategy when Trump-backed candidate Dan Cox won the Republican nomination for Maryland governor — defeating a candidate backed by two-year Republican governor Larry Hogan.
Democrats were less fortunate with strategy in Colorado last month when three Republican candidates backed by funding from liberal groups lost their races.
Another member of the Jan. 6 special committee, Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.), slammed Democrats Tuesday for the strategy, calling it “disgusting.”
“I really believe that all of these issues that we are fighting about are important, but the most important thing right now is the threat to our democracy.” the lawmakers told CNN. “Our children will judge us by that. And when we’re sitting here playing DCCC, you know, DNC policy, ‘let’s promote the crazies’ and that person wins, you don’t understand the real threat. I am sorry. They don’t understand the threat to democracy.”
The DCCC has defended this tactic as a legitimate strategy to keep the Democrats in check after November’s election.
“DCCC is focused on retaining a majority in the House of Representatives, which we will achieve by competing for every seat,” DCCC spokeswoman Helen Kalla told Politico. “Kevin McCarthy is an insurgent anti-choice peddler and conspiracy sponsor, and we will do whatever it takes to keep the speaker’s gavel out of his hands.”
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