Progressive Democrats may help propel Republicans to a record midterm gain in the legislature according to a moderate Democrat PAC.
A leader of a political action committee for moderates said policies pushed by progressives like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her squad are too toxic for Democrats running in the competitive seats that will determine which party controls Congress.
“We have been kind of shouting this from the rooftops since the 2020 election,” Matt Bennett, co-founder of Shield PAC, which launched last year to defend moderate Democrats, reportedly said.
The Squad policies do fine in Brooklyn, Bennett reportedly told Fox News Digital. “But, I would say that they are deeply problematic for Democrats running in competitive districts and states,” he said. “They arm Republicans with very potent attacks, albeit, very misleading ones, but very politically impactful attacks.”
According to the report, he said the 2020 election that saw Democrats lose 14 House seats served as a wake-up call to the party. He added issues like defunding police, critical race theory and school COVID-19 policies were the center of GOP attacks. Bennet pointed to the 2021 Virginia governor’s race as another example of far-left policies backfiring as Republican Glenn Youngkin took office. The same election saw Democrat Senate President Stephen Sweeney lose in a lopsided N.J. contest to a truck driver who never held political office. And, the state’s governor held his office by a razor-thin margin that shocked many political observers at the time.
The leader of the PAC for moderate Democrats urges the Squad to realize their radical policies are hurting Democrats’ midterm chances.
“My message would be: please understand that what works in your district does not work in western Iowa and that what you say has consequences for your Democratic colleagues that could profoundly impact the ability of the party to retain majorities,” Bennett said.
“Joe Biden and Nancy Pelosi have embraced their agenda, and as a result Democrats are staring down dismal poll numbers, discouraged voters, and defeat in November,” Republican National Committee spokesman Nathan Brand reportedly said. He posted a graphic to his Twitter account picturing Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on th cover of “The Rolling Stone” on the left side and a screen capture of Axios AM’s Mike Allen posting “Squad politics backfire”.
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