The Campaign Spot

Election-driven news and views . . . by Jim Geraghty.

Democrat Wants Liberals to Avoid Primary Challenges


There’s a great deal about Egypt in the Morning Jolt, but this bit of election-related news…

House Democrat to Liberals: Ix-Nay on the Imary-Pray Allenges-Chay

Well, they won’t listen, but it’s fun to hear House Democrat making this plea anyway: “Liberal groups need to stay out of Democratic primaries if the party is going to retake the House majority, according to a conservative Massachusetts Democrat.  Rep. Stephen Lynch was one of several Democrats who faced an aggressive primary challenge from the left in 2010. His challenger Mac D’Alessandro, a former top official with the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), received almost $300,000 from labor groups for his campaign… “I think if we had avoided that, we would have saved, maybe, six or eight more seats,” said Lynch. “I don’t think it would have stopped the overall result, but maybe six or eight seats” could have been held. Clearing primaries for members and discouraging liberal groups from spending against incumbents should be a priority for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, he said. ‘It would definitely help, I think. You need to talk to those groups.’”

“Nothing like a little red-on-red action to brighten your day,” chuckles Weasel Zippers.

I know there’s a perspective that the first step in getting what you want in life is to ask for it, but somehow I don’t think liberal groups will avoid primary challenges, even if Democrat incumbents ask them nicely…

Tags: Stephen Lynch


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