DCCC won’t work with groups pushing primary challengers

March 22, 2019 GMT

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee announced that it will not partner with any consultant or vendor that supports a primary challenge to a sitting Democrat.

The move has infuriated progressive groups, who are accusing the party leadership of trying to tamp down new voices and chasing after big money contributions.

“This is akin to price fixing,” Alexandra Rojas, executive director of Justice Democrats, tweeted Friday. “It’s using financial leverage to stop and threaten primary challenges and shows how [DCCC] and House leadership operate from a place of fear, rather strength. It’s not surprising, but certainly unfortunate.”


Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who stunningly upset longtime incumbent Joe Crowley in last summer’s Democratic primary, also denounced the decision.

“The majority of Americans live in safe districts, where gen election isn’t competitive,” Ms. Ocasio-Cortez tweeted. “By stymieing primaries, you deny most voters their best chance at choosing their representative. We also deny the party the opportunity of training up a future bench, something we badly need.”

The DCCC’s rules would also apply to any candidate that would try to challenge her position as a representative for the Bronx and Queens neighborhoods in New York City.

An aide for the DCCC denied the accusations from the progressives, and said the committee is committed to embracing a robust, diverse party.

“The DCCC is responsible for protecting and growing our House majority, but I also know that we have the ability to set the course for the future of the Democratic party while we’re doing that,” Alison Jaslow, DCCC executive director, said in a statement to The Washington Times. “Our voters are diverse, we are actively recruiting candidates to ensure their elected officials better reflect them, and we have a responsibility to do our best to ensure the political professionals we work with do so as well.”

The new regulations also place a heavy emphasis on diversity. They ask if vendors and consultants have sizable demographics of minorities, veterans, women and LGTBQ individuals as part of their staffs and in leadership positions.

They also require that vendors pledge to use unionized labor when possible.