For Immediate Release
Progressive Groups Launch Campaign Telling DCCC To Stop Undermining Progressive Values
WASHINGTON - In response to a series of developments over the past two weeks regarding the DCCC’s attempts to push Democratic candidates and elected officials toward ‘moderation,’ Justice Democrats, CREDO, and Our Revolution launched a series of petitions calling on DCCC Chairman Ben Ray Lujan to stop undermining progressive values.
The petitions by progressive groups come after a series of stories concerning the DCCC ranging from a leaked memo advising Democrats not to run on Medicare For All to advising candidates to not ‘politicize’ mass shootings. The DCCC has also been criticized for having no endorsed black candidates in their red-to-blue program and Justice Democrats has criticized DCCC for attacking progressive congressional candidate Laura Moser in TX-7.
The petitions can be found here:
"The DCCC has lost touch with its base. Despite facing continued losses, they have yet to realize that the path to the majority requires supporting diverse candidates who hold progressive values. The majority of Democrats, and many independent voters, support Medicare for All and banning assault rifles. Our party leaders would do well to follow the examples of House members like Reps. Keith Ellison, Tulsi Gabbard, Raul Grijalva, and Pramila Jayapal. Progressives are ready to organize to win back the House but we need a party that is willing to take a stand, not run to the right." – Nina Turner, President, Our Revolution
"Poll after poll is showing overwhelming support for progressive issues. Across the country, an unprecedented number of grassroots activists are demanding health care as a right, a ban on assault weapons, and action on economic and racial inequality. Despite this, the DCCC is doubling down on a strategy to court moderate Republicans and the billionaire class instead of the progressive wing of their own party. Now that progressives are threatening major upsets against their hand-picked candidates in upcoming primaries, the DCCC has begun an all-out war against progressives. Their attacks on Laura Moser's campaign, their internal memos directing their candidates to stand down on fighting for gun reform and Medicare For All -- these are not just attacks on progressives but a completely incompetent strategy that will guarantee more losses.” – Saikat Chakrabarti, Executive Director, Justice Democrats
“We will not create the world we believe in unless elected officials are willing to take clear, unequivocal stands for progressive values. Right now, the DCCC's advice to candidates and its failure to fully embrace candidates of color is standing in the way of progress. That’s why we’re demanding that the DCCC immediately stop its shortsighted and unhelpful attacks on progressive values.” – Heidi Hess, Co-Director, CREDO Action
The full language of the petition reads: “Democrats should fight for progressive values and offer a clear contrast to Trump and the Republican Party. Stop undermining progressive values.”
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