The DCCC continues to meddle in this election. I want to refer a Facebook thread concerning Texas’ 7th district in which Democrat Laura Moser is running. It referred to the Houston Chronicle article “DCCC redoubles attack on Laura Moser in the Democratic primary runoff with Lizzie Fletcher” that should raise all our ire.
With 18-days left before the Democratic congressional primary runoff in Houston, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) Chairman Ben Ray Lujan is doubling down on his criticism of activist candidate Laura Moser, who is in a spirited battle with attorney Lizzie Pannill Fletcher for the party’s nomination. Pressed Friday by MSNBC host Hallie Jackson on whether the DCCC has its “finger on the scale” against progressive Democrats in primary contests around the nation, Lujan defended the campaign committee’s unusual decision in February to publicly attack Moser, one of his party’s own candidates.
As he has in the past, Lujan said the DCCC’s move was about promoting what party officials see as the most electable candidate to challenge Seventh Congressional District Republican incumbent John Culberson in November. “It was never about ideology,” said Lujan, a Democratic Congressman from New Mexico. “I’m a progressive. I have a lot of strong progressive positions as well, and I stand on my record.” With few substantive policy issues dividing the two Democrats, the May 22 runoff has become a clash of competing track records: Fletcher’s as a Houston lawyer long associated with Planned Parenthood; Moser’s as an activist-writer hailing from the Bernie Sanders wing of the Democratic Party.
The question for Democratic voters this month will be which candidate offers the best chance of flipping the historically Republican Seventh District – one that Hillary Clinton won by a sliver in the 2016 presidential election – and helping Democrats win back the House in November. Lujan cited two past Moser articles that have been widely circulated among her detractors. In one, a 2014 piece in Washingtonian magazine, she wrote “I’d rather have my teeth pulled out without anesthesia” than move to her grandparents’ hometown in Paris, Texas. Lujan described it as a slam on the entire state of Texas. Moser’s backers say it was a specific reference to the town of Paris, not Houston, where she grew up.
It is clear this DCCC opposition to Moser is meant to be a proxy attack on any Democrat who has any affinity for Bernie Sanders’ policies. From the article, it seems he brought it up out of the blue. These guys just won’t let it go. There will be no blue wave unless both wings of this party come to an acceptably happy place. Hacks like Lujan makes it extremely difficult. The DCCC even resorted to Right Wing tactics to smear a good candidate. You do not do that if you are trying to unite the party for a wave.
The Facebook poster wrote “Don’t do it again. Use your heads. Now is not the time to try and send a message to the DCCC. Our goal is to unseat Culberson. Choose the candidate that can beat HIM.”
I think either candidate can beat Culberson. But in the Trump era, I am sure an activist like Laura Moser stands a better chance. I commented as follows in the thread because I think we cannot allow the DCCC to spin a false and speculative narrative.
I will repeat what I said on my Politics Done Right with Egberto Willies program where I interviewed Laura Moser, the DCCC has no place in deciding who is more electable in a district. Their track record or their performance over the last decade is probative. A selection by them is almost a license to elect the candidate they are opposing. This goes for the Democratic Party Establishment in the aggregate. Their performance statewide throughout the country and nationally is tantamount to the stock picker being beaten by a random arrow throwing monkey.
Now, I have nothing against either candidate. In fact, I will fully support the winner. More lawyers representing citizens in Congress should not give one a warm fuzzy feeling. If I have to choose between a proven activist who created a process that caused people to engage and a lawyer, my first ballot will always be the person that works closer to people, the activists. It is my humble opinion that we as activist must never allow undue influence from party hacks to influence our push forward.
This article is an arrogant shameful expression from a party hack who has no business meddling in our politics. I usually do not name call, but after seeing how the DCCC used Right Wing tactics in the way they copied/pasted Laura Moser’s words, it confirmed that in fact my theory of the Republican and Democratic Establishment being the left and right rail of the same track moving in the same direction. It is time for the insanity to stop. You cannot do the same thing over and over again and expect a different result. Elect the most Progressive and work like hell to get them elected.
It is imperative that we do not allow the DCCC to hack our elections in districts throughout the country as their track records do not warrant that we take marching orders from them.