WASHINGTON – As Bernie Sanders is leading the way in the Democratic presidential nomination, his rise has raised fears among centrist Democrats that his party’s outgoing left-wing change may only cost the White House a chance to recover, but keep their seats in the House of Representatives. Took a shot
Concern over Capitol Hill among a small but politically important group of fresh national Democrats that has helped their party win control of the House in 2018, with President Trump winning the 2016 seat Now – The Democratic Socialist announced his re-election in November. Foot to do The.
About three dozen group members – often called “front-liners” or “majority makers” – have worked hard to create a political identity separate from their party’s progressive base, and many have already faced the challenge of competitive re-election to Republicans who have been billed as such radicals. The day that powers a left-wing agenda in Congress Iyeche.
“I’m the first Democrat in my district after 9,” said Dean Phillips, a front-liner Minnesota representative who supports his home state Senator Amy Klubuchar in the presidential race. “I’ve attracted a lot of independent and moderate Republican support, many of them probably for the first time in a long time. Voted Democrat in time.and i When Barney as a senator syandarsake respect, as a candidate, like me, on behalf of the people of the district is very challenging his candidacy. “
There is also concern among the centrists in the Senate, where Democrats have already faced their fight to remove four Republican seats, the majority will have to regain. They are seeking seats in North Carolina, Arizona, Colorado and Maine – where Mr. Sanders’ calls for a political revolution may not be good for voters.
Democrats must defend centrists like Senator Jenny Shaheen of New Hampshire and Tina Smith of Minnesota who will run for re-election. Mr Smith, who is also backing Mrs Klobuchar, said the party needed someone who could “bring the ballot up and down with the people.” Ms Shahin, who did not support any of the candidates, said that she was not concerned by Mr. Sanders but seemed frustrated at the suggestion that he had a big win in his state on Wednesday.
“He didn’t win big!” He shouted. (Mr. Sanders took over About 26 percent of the vote, former mayor of South Bend, Ind.) Ahead of Pete Buttigieg
In the House, eight frontline Democrats, including Michigan Representative Haley Stevens, New York’s Max Rose and Georgia’s Lucy McBath, endorsed Michael R. Bloomberg, the former mayor of New York City. Several military veterans – Pennsylvania Representatives Conor Lamb and Chrissy Houlahan and Ellen Luria of Virginia – have joined forces with former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr.
While some have publicly expressed their fears about the Sanders nomination, they do not risk paying attention to internal divisions of their party or alienating a potential nominee, but most of them have secretly described the preconceived notion for the past two weeks. As such, Sanders debuted as the top finisher in the first two races in the Democratic race.
“There is growing concern, especially among our front-line leaders, that we will lose not only the White House, but the House of Representatives,” one of them said in an interview unwilling to be named to avoid criticism of a potential nominee.
Two former chairmen of the party’s House campaign force – Steve Israel, who has endorsed Mr Biden, and Rahm Emanuel, who is not backing a candidate – say lawmakers are right to be concerned. Former Chicago Mayor Mr. Emanuel led Democrats to re-occupy the House in 2006 using a playbook called the “metropolitan majority” – a “center-left” agenda aimed at bringing together urban and suburban voters.
“In 2006, we created Red To Blue as a political entity,” said Mr. Emanuel, referring to a program designed to help Democrats flip Republican seats. “We have never ‘founded or created from blue to deep blue'”
He said that governorships, the Senate and state legislatures – which govern redistribution and thus have a strong impact on the political makeup of Congress – are also at risk.
“Each time we win the White House, gain seats in the House and Senate and state capitals, we continue to build on a model that has proven itself in the presidential years and in the presidential years,” he said. “The question is: Do you want to skip that playbook?”
Mr Israel sees two reasons for concern: The presidential race will win or lose in seven swing states and around 20 to 30 swing counters. And the “down ballot effect” – the candidate’s tendency toward the top of the ticket to influence his or her other candidates’ evaluation of voters – ran rampant for president.
“Donald Trump will portray every Democrat – be they a candidate for the U.S. Senate or county sheriff – as a socialist,” as Bernie Sanders a Socialist, “” he said, “and in most of these districts, it’s a tough job.”
Still, the race is young. When Mr. Sanders won in New Hampshire on Tuesday night, most voters – About 53 percent – more moderate candidates picked a trio: Mr. Biden; Mr. Buttigig; And Minnesota Senator Amy Klubuchar. And three candidates, Senator Michael Bennett of Colorado; Former Governor of Massachusetts, Wall Patrick; And businessman Andrew Young, just dropped out.
“This nation is going to be narrow,” Mr. Israel said. “The two lanes will be ultimately left and center-left, but for now the opening arguments seem to favor the pragmatic lane.”
The party leaders insist that no matter who is at the top of the ticket, their front-liner will get better. Cherry Bustos, who led the House Democrats’ campaign force – and a district representative in the Illinois district won by Mr. Trump – stressed the talks were premature.
“We have to go a long way before we know who the nominee is,” he told reporters at the Capitol.
But they cannot rule out a decision on who to support in most of these lawmakers. Front-liners are committed to surrogates in their respective districts because they have the support of individuals that a Democrat should accept President Trump.
They are also frequently fielding applications for their approval from candidates. So it should take less than a month On Super Tuesday, they feel pressured to make a decision about a candidate – Mr. Sanders has the best chance of getting behind so they don’t run next to him.
Many are also making huge money. Mr. Rose, for example, has already raised more than $ 3 million, a phenomenal amount for a new person. In the interview, he and Mrs. Stevens were also clear about mentioning Mr. Sanders’ name.
However in explaining why he supported Mr Bloomberg, Mrs Stevens made it clear that Mr Sanders, a progressive from Vermont, has a profile that will appeal to his constituents.
“What I’m thinking about in my district is someone who is a world-class business leader or a government leader,” he said, “a person who has led a city that is larger than the population of certain states.”