Democracy for America, a political action committee founded by former presidential candidate Howard Dean, claims that its mission is “to take our democracy back from corporations and the wealthy few and aggressively combat growing income inequality.” Yet, when it comes to Colorado’s Second Congressional District, DFA has abandoned that pledge by endorsing a candidate who has been hand picked by the Democratic Party establishment and is taking donations from representatives of some of the most powerful corporate interests in the state.
DFA has blasted the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee for inserting itself into campaigns in Pennsylvania and Illinois in an attempt to sabotage progressive candidates. But here in Colorado, DFA is doing exactly the same thing.
A recent story in the Boulder Reporter cited complaints that the state Democratic establishment had early on selected Joe Neguse to be the heir apparent to incumbent Jared Polis, who is running for governor. And former University of Colorado Regent Jim Martin wrote in an op-ed in the Daily Camera that “a Democratic bigwig showed an advanced state of tone-deafness by dictating that, ‘We have to clear the field for Joe Neguse’ — a full year before the primary on June 28, 2018.”
That maneuvering shouldn’t sit well with the district’s Democratic voters, who like candidates that stand for robust policies that address the needs of all Americans. Why DFA would endorse Joe Neguse over a truly progressive candidate like Mark Williams, who refuses to take PAC donations or money from oil and gas interests, is a question only it can answer. But in the upcoming Democratic primary, district voters will have the opportunity to make up their own minds and support someone who will fight for them and not follow the dictates of the party establishment — in Colorado or in Congress.
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