Will DC Insiders Ever Support Real Progressives?

Tuesday, May 1st, 2018

Boulder – I’ve been watching closely as more news breaks about DC insiders choosing mainstream candidates in Democratic congressional races across the country. Steny Hoyer, the No. 2 Democrat in the House of Representatives, was caught on tape telling Levi Tillemann to drop out of the congressional race. He said, “…none of it’s personal. It’s just how business is done.” It appears that old habits die hard. And here in Colorado, they just won’t support real progressives.

All You Have to Do is Follow the Money

Senior Democratic officials steer political resources, money and other support to hand-picked candidates. This boosts the preferred candidate in fundraising and endorsements. They then justify national party support based on that success. Insiders say it’s because they want moderate candidates that can win in the general election. But that logic holds no water here in Colorado’s strongly progressive 2nd District.

If you follow the money, there’s been no neutrality in our race since the summer of 2017. That’s when campaign donations began flowing to our opponent from Hoyer and other DC insiders. It goes without saying that PAC, special interest and lobbying money have been pouring in as well, betting heavily for an establishment win.

Enough. We don’t need help from the DCCC, its billionaire donors and revolving door consultants to decide on issues and candidates. It’s called democracy, and we got this. We want candidates who won’t take dirty money. Who will fight oil and gas. And who will represent the people, not the party players who got them elected.

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