Democrats are putting together a plan to capture the Senate in 2020 that focuses on using fresh faces who can run against the congressional gridlock that enrages voters. In other words, the left aims to re-craft President Trump’s “drain the swamp” rallying cry for their own party’s ambitions.
Stacey Abrams? Beto O’Rourke? Steve Bullock? Never mind about them … they’re past their “Best used by” date. Not to mention they apparently declined to take another beating at the hands of Republicans.
So there’s a new brand in the pipeline. Theresa Greenfield, Cal Cunningham, and Sara Gideon are among those being groomed for the next campaign season, according to Politico.
The party claims the inspiration for the strategy comes not only from Trump’s success in 2016, but also the leftists’ own electoral victories in 2018. Last year, Dems won the majority in the House of Representatives on the shoulders of new personalities, new names … people who came into their election campaigns as largely unknown, with uncommon, non-political backgrounds.
“In races around the country, there are strong Democrats stepping up to run who fit their states and will be a breath of fresh air with new perspectives to bring to the Senate,” said Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, who chairs the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, as reported by The Hill.
“These are sort of on the 2018 House model,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said in an interview of the new candidates. “Most of them are not traditional, old-time politicians. They are new, fresh-faced.”
For the upcoming Senate races, candidates lined up by party officials include more women and more veterans than have been recently typical for the Dems.
“We’re at the beginning stages of these races,” said Masto. “We have until the end of this year to get folks into these Senate races and be formidable and take on these Republican incumbents who are unfavorable in their states. I’ve never had a concern about it.”
In contrast, Republicans say that the Democrats swung and missed in trying to persuade better known candidates to take on conservative Senate incumbents. They point out that the new faces will have to endure competitive primaries that will take up available campaign funds and will chip away at their standing.
“Democrats have really struggled to find first-tier challengers in virtually all of these Senate races. The lone exception is Arizona,” said GOP-affiliated Senate Leadership Fund president Steven Law, as reported by Politico. The Arizona candidate who is well-known is former astronaut Mark Kelly, who is challenging Republican Sen. Martha McSally.
Democrats are feeling energized by the President’s poor polling numbers in Senate battleground states. “The Trump numbers suggest two things to us: his vulnerability and a massive historic turnout,” said Sen. Dick Durbin, the Democrat Whip.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is the planned boogeyman for the Dems’ Senate campaigns, as polls show him to be almost as unpopular as Hillary Clinton among voters surveyed in a Harvard-Harris poll conducted in May and among a handful of the lowest-rated politicians in the poll.
“Mitch McConnell is beholden to special interests and he’s blocking progress on everything from making prescription drugs more affordable to addressing political corruption to making health care more affordable,” said Patrick Burgwinkle, manager of communications for End Citizens United, as reported by The Hill.
Democrats “can make the case that Mitch McConnell and special interests in Washington are the ones preventing these priorities from being addressed,” said Burgwinkle.
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