Former DCCC Chairs Sound the Alarm on Democrats Losing House Majority

Three former chairs of the Democrat’s campaign arm, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), have sounded the alarm as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) continues to see her extremely slim majority slip away.

As the midterms are quickly approaching, former chairs of the DCCC are sounding the alarm for the incumbent Democrats trying to remain in the majority. With the Republicans looking to regain the House, the Republican campaign arm, the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC), has hammered the vulnerable Democrats with its hopes to win back seats.

In recent weeks, multiple Democrats have called it quits on remaining in the House as the chances of staying in the majority are quickly fading.

Former Rep. Steve Israel (D-NY) led the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee in 2012 and 2014. He told the New York Times, “The two biggest headaches of any cycle are redistricting and retirements, and when you have both in one cycle, it’s a migraine.”

When new districts are created and official, candidates are waiting to see where the district they will be running in ends up. Israel continued to say, “It’s like going to war on a battlefield, but you don’t know where you’re fighting, when you’re fighting, or who you’re fighting.”

Another former DCCC Chairman, Rep. Martin Frost (D-TX), said to Politico when it comes to redistricting and retiring:

It’s very early in the game, but retirements are a concern. I would hope the party is taking them very seriously and setting out to recruit strong candidates,” he continued, noting that early retirements at least give the party more time to find replacements.

Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-IL), the previous DCCC Chairwoman and a top lieutenant of Pelosi, announced that she would not be seeking reelection last week. Bustos narrowly won her seat in 2020. Former President Donald Trump previously won Bustos’ district in both of his elections in 2016 and 2020. Illinois also lost a congressional seat after the Census, though the Democrats’ supermajority controls redistricting for the 2022 election.

Besides Bustos, there is  growing list of vulnerable House Democrats that are facing tough reelections who have also taken an exit from the House. In the case of some Democrats, many allegedly have been quietly saying hopes of finding new candidates to run for the vacated seats are failing, saying it will likely cost seats.

Rep. Charlie Crist (D-FL), who was previously Governor of Florida, called quits on the House Tuesday. He announced he would be running to get his old job back as he leaves his vulnerable House seat behind. This will be the third time Crist will run for governor of Florida. During his tenure as governor, Crist switched from Republican to Democrat.

Pennsylvania Democrat Reps. Conor Lamb and Chrissy Houlahan are both considering Senate bids for the open seat after Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA) retires in 2022. Many Democrats allegedly believe with Lamb and Houlahan leaving, “they would be unable to field a candidate who could hold onto his district next fall, likely costing them a seat.” In addition, “Republicans control the state legislature, but Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf can veto their maps.”

Earlier this year, Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick (D-AZ) and Rep. Filemon Vela (D-TX) announced their intent to retire, which would open the seats up for a competitive race.

Democrat Rep. Tim Ryan (OH), failed presidential hopeful, launched his Senate campaign last week to replace retiring Republican Sen. Rob Portman (OH).

In addition to this, the failed special election Democrat candidate Jana Lynne Sanchez from last Saturday’s election did not receive enough votes to make it into the runoff. She used her loss to send a strong message to the Democrats. She believes if the Democrats continue to fail at getting “voters out” and “don’t organize and prepare” for the 2022 midterms, there will “be a major setback” for the Democrats trying to enact House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) partisan socialist agenda in Washington, DC.

The Republican campaign arm previously created an “Exit List,” which was comprised of vulnerable Democrats the Republicans are looking to pick off in the midterms. The NRCC recently just expanded their list, adding an additional ten seats. Republicans hope to pick up all of these seats and take back the majority. 

The NRCC April battleground survey shows Republicans are projected to regain the House majority in the midterm elections. The survey also found vulnerable Democrats have an uphill battle defending their seats after voting for “Pelosi’s socialist agenda.” In addition, the survey finds Pelosi is the most unpopular politician in the country, with a 56 percent unfavorable rating.


House Republicans on ‘Offense’: NRCC Chair Tom Emmer Targets 10 More Districts to Take Back House

Rep. Tom Emmer (R-MN) said Tuesday that the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) will expand their list of target Democrat-controlled districts in their mission to take back the House majority.

The NRCC released its increased list of districts to target after the U.S. Census Bureau announced many swing and Democrat-leaning districts will lose a congressional seat. The reapportionment data will reshape the makeup of congressional districts in a way that could create an opening for Republicans to flip enough districts to take back the House majority during the 2022 midterm elections.

Emmer said that Republicans continue to play on offense now that Democrats have to defend their “socialist” agenda.

“Republicans are on offense all across the country,” Emmer said in a statement Tuesday. “Every House Democrat is facing an uphill battle having to defend their toxic socialist agenda that prioritizes trillion-dollar tax hikes on the middle class, opens our borders, closes our schools and defunds the police.”

The new targeted districts include:

  1. Rep. Ami Bera (D-CA)
  2. Rep. Jim Costa (D-CA)
  3. Rep. Raul Ruiz (D-CA)
  4. Rep. Marie Newman (D-IL)
  5. Rep. Dan Kildee (D-MN)
  6. Rep. Kathleen Rice (D-NY)
  7. Rep. Paul Tonko (D-NY)
  8. Rep. Joe Morelle (D-NY)
  9. Rep. Brian Higgins (D-NY)
  10. Rep. Chrissy Houlahan (D-PA)

Republicans announced plans to target 47 Democrats representing battleground districts, Democrats that underperformed compared to the 2020 presidential ballot, and those that may be impacted by redistricting.

Further compounding Democrats’ problems, several Democrats have announced that they will either retire or seek higher office.

Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-IL), a former Democrat Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) chair and a top ally of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), announced last week that she will not seek reelection.

Reps. Conor Lamb (D-PA) and Tim Ryan (D-OH) reportedly plan to run for higher office and Reps. Ann Kirkpatrick (D-AZ) and Filemon Vela (D-TX) intend to retire.

An NRCC poll released in April found that Republicans are projected to win back the House.

The survey said in battleground districts, 54 percent want a “Republican who will be a check-and-balance to Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats’ agenda in Congress.”

Sean Moran is a congressional reporter for Breitbart News. Follow him on Twitter @SeanMoran3.


Report: Democrat Congressman Spent $30,000 On Travel While Urging New Yorkers To Stay Home

New York Democrat Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, the chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, instructed his constituents to halt travel due to COVID-19 while he spent tens of thousands on travel expenses of his own, according to a report from The Washington Free Beacon.

In March 2020, Maloney stopped accepting petition signatures “out of concern for the safety and wellbeing” of New Yorkers. Shortly after, he told people in his state to “stop spreading this virus” and “stay home.”

“We can all do our part. Stay at home,” Maloney said at the time. “Don’t go out if you don’t need to, minimize your contact with other people. If a member of your family is sick, the whole family’s got to stay home so we don’t go spread it. That’s why having some groceries in the house to last a week or two is important.”

Despite instructing his constituents to remain at home, the Democrat splurged tens of thousands of dollars for travel-related expenses. He ran up $29,000 on “ground transportation” in addition to “automobile expenses.” $20,000 was allocated for insurance and lease fees, over $3,600 on collision-related repairs, over $2,000 for gasoline, $2,100 for car rentals, and an estimated $500 on satellite radio — financial disclosures obtained by the Free Beacon show.

The Free Beacon found that Maloney’s splurge was highly unusual. Rep. Antonio Delgado, D-N.Y., works in a region six times larger than Maloney’s 18th Congressional District. Delgado, who represents the 19th district, had no transportation-related disclosures in the fiscal year of 2020. U.S. campaign finance laws prohibit candidates from using money for personal travel expenses.

The office of Rep. Maloney did not answer calls from The Federalist.

Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust executive director Kendra Arnold told the Free Beacon Maloney’s financial disclosures raise “red flags.”

“Without having any in-person campaigning, you wouldn’t expect there to be a lot of expenses,” Arnold said. “Candidates don’t have to link [disbursements] to a specific corresponding event, so of course anything could be made up. We generally look for spending that isn’t in the realm of a candidate in the same state or in a similar-sized district.”

Since 2012, Maloney’s campaign has reportedly spent upwards of $130,000 on car expenses. Maloney was sued in 2018 by Zephyr Teachout, a former candidate for the House in New York’s 19th district, after transferring $1.4 million in federal dollars to his campaign. Several ethics complaints were also filed.

Maloney failed to disclose several stock trades amounting to more than $11,000 in a timely fashion last month.


Cheri Bustos Announces Retirement From Congress After Leading House Democrats To Defeat In November

Illinois Democrat Congresswoman Cheri Bustos announced Friday she will not run for re-election next year after serving a decade in the lower chamber.

“Today, I’m announcing I will not seek reelection after completing this term,” Bustos said in a video statement. “I feel it’s time for a new voice.”

Bustos, the voice who chaired the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) last cycle lost the Democrats 15 seats in November, putting Republicans just five seats away from reclaiming the House majority in the next election cycle. The president’s party historically fares poorly in the new administration’s first midterms. Democrats expected gains rather than losses last fall.

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“As for the next chapter, it will always be my goal to think big and deliver results,” Bustos said, revealing no details for future plans. “In time, I’ll share more on where that will take me.”

The congresswoman representing northwest Illinois had already resigned from her position leading the DCCC.

According to Politico, Bustos wrote to colleagues days after the election she was “gutted at the losses we sustained” in a letter declaring her decision to not seek another term as chair of the party’s House campaign arm.

“Cheri Bustos made the right decision to retire rather than face defeat in 2022,” National Republican Congressional Committee Spokesman Mike Berg said in a statement following Friday’s announcement.

Bustos’ upcoming exit puts Illinois’ 17th Congressional District in play next year with no incumbent with a D+3 rating on the Cook Partisan Voter Index, a moderate score. President Barack Obama carried the district handily in 2012 by 17 points, while President Donald Trump captured it in 2016 by less than one.


Congressional Democrats’ Top Tech Staffer Told Followers To ‘Burn Every Cop Precinct To The Ground’ In Deranged Twitter Rant

The new chief technology officer at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), Erica Joy Baker, once called upon her followers to erupt into nationwide anarchy, burning “every cop precinct to the ground,” if she were ever killed by a police officer.

“If the cops kill me, burn every cop precinct to the ground,” Baker wrote on Twitter in September just one month after militant social justice warriors ravaged the Wisconsin city of Kenosha over the police shooting of Jacob Blake, who was armed with a knife. “If the cops kill me, shut down the highways and throw the teargas back at em when they try you.”

In another post, published in June days after George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis, where court documents show Floyd had a lethal dose of fentanyl in his system, Baker called police officers “giant pieces of sh-t.”

“We have an epidemic in sf: giant pieces of sh-t walking around killing sf residents,” Baker wrote. “You can try to re-form a piece of sh-t, but what you’re left with is still a piece of sh-t. #DefundPolice.”

The posts were first reported by the Daily Caller. The DCCC did not immediately respond to The Federalist’s request for comment.

Fox News reported on more tweets Tuesday. In 2016, Baker wrote, “I hate the police,” vilifying law enforcement as “a farce.”


Fact Check: Democrats Launch Ads Falsely Accusing Republicans of Backing QAnon

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) falsely attacked several House Republicans in a series of ads launched Tuesday, claiming that the House GOP members backed the QAnon conspiracy theory.

The DCCC, the campaign arm of the House Democrats, launched a half-million-dollar television and digital ad campaign accusing Republicans of “standing with Q and now with you.” This is the DCCC’s first ad buy of the 2022 congressional midterm cycle.

The ad buys feature footage of the January 6 D.C. riots.

The ads target Reps. Mike Garcia (R-CA), Young Kim (R-CA), Michelle Steel (R-CA), Maria Elvira Salazar (R-FL), Don Bacon (R-NE), Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), Beth Van Duyne (R-TX), and House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA).

This ad attacks Garcia:

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The ad claims the members’ two votes against former President Donald Trump’s second impeachment amounts to support for QAnon.

However, Garcia, Bacon Fitzpatrick, and McCarthy all voted last October to condemn QAnon.

Kim, Steel, Salazar, and Van Duyne were elected last November, so they did not have the opportunity to vote to condemn QAnon when the October vote arose.

The ads also call the members cowards for voting to “protect” Trump, even though Garcia is a decorated United States naval officer, Bacon served in the Air Force for nearly 30 years and retired as a brigadier general, and Fitzpatrick supported counterterrorism efforts and embedded with the U.S. Special Forces as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) spokesman Mike Berg told Breitbart News in a statement Tuesday the DCCC continues to spend money on “ineffective” ads while lying about Republicans and their military service.

“These ads will be as ineffective as the $345 million the DCCC lit on fire the last cycle,” Berg said. “But it’s still important to note that the DCCC is blatantly lying about members who have condemned QAnon, and that they are smearing multiple veterans to score political points.”

Sean Moran is a congressional reporter for Breitbart News. Follow him on Twitter @SeanMoran3.


Democratic Congressional Campaign Chairwoman Resigns Following Losses

Illinois Democrat Rep. Cheri Bustos stepped down as the House Democrats’ campaign chief Monday after disappointing losses for the majority caucus setting up Republicans to take back the majority in 2022.

“I want you to know that I will not seek another term as the Chair of the DCCC,” Bustos wrote in a letter to colleagues Friday obtained by Politico. “Instead, I will focus my efforts legislatively to help President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris as we Build Back Better For the People.”

Bustos, a freshman representative who just barely retained her seat in the House this year, is resigning her role as head of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) after Republicans unexpectedly flipped eight seats for a net gain of five so far, chipping into House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s majority. Republicans are on track to possibly flip several more once all remaining votes are counted, a far different result from the sizable gains Bustos and other top Democrats were publicly expecting.

According to Politico, Bustos wrote that she was “gutted at the losses we sustained,” and pledged “a transparent after-action-review to better understand why the national polling and modeling environment failed to materialize.”

As of this writing, Republicans are poised to take 11 seats to narrow Pelosi to a slim majority in the next Congress. Democrats were anticipating as many as three to 15 pick-ups of their own before Tuesday, a narrative that was highlighted by the Washington Post going into election day.

Politico reports that those vying for Bustos’ empty chair include Reps. Tony Cárdenas and Linda Sánchez of California, Marc Veasey of Texas, and Sean Patrick Maloney of New York.

In a leaked call with Bustos, Pelosi, and the House Democratic caucus, moderate members fumed over the party’s decision to embrace socialism and extreme calls to “Defund Police,” costing them seats once voters learned of their ultimate plans.

“No one should say ‘defund the police’ ever again,” said Virginia Rep. Abigail Spanberger, who narrowly pulled out a second term with a two-point win in the Richmond suburbs. “Nobody should be talking about socialism.”

If media projections for a Biden White House next year hold true, Democrats will be forced to reckon with the historical prospect of a wipeout in the upcoming midterms, where the party holding executive power loses an average of more than 30 House seats in the first elections to follow the new presidential inauguration.


NYPost: Democrat Committee Endorses Candidate Who Called Women ‘Breeders,’ Blogged About A Toddler In A Thong

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee added candidate Jon Hoadley to its competitive Red To Blue program despite Hoadley calling women “breeders,” blogging about drug use, referring to his sexual partners as “victims,” and referencing a “four-year-old wearing a thong,” according to The New York Post.

“I know that Jon will be a champion for his community in the 6th District,” DCCC Chairwoman Cheri Bustos said on Friday. Hoadley has also been endorsed by potential Biden vice presidential picks Sen. Kamala Harris and Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, as well as the Planned Parenthood Action Fund.

The Red To Blue program provides campaign support and funding for candidates who are deemed deserving by the campaign committee. The DCCC notes that it is “highly selective.”

Hoadley, a Michigan state lawmaker and candidate for Michigan’s sixth congressional district, passed that selection process despite his extreme online comments. On his blog, Hoadley “discussed going to a gay bar to ‘learn about crystal meth’” as well as calling his sexual partners ‘victims,’” the Post reported.

He also posted a conversation between himself and a friend, in which he talked about “being a flower girl at a friend’s wedding and included a reference to a ‘four-year-old wearing a thong.’” His blog has now been deleted, so further context for the remark isn’t entirely clear.

Hoadley isn’t the only candidate with a questionable history to be backed by the DCCC. In 2018, the DCCC added now-Rep. Tom Malinowski (D-N.J.) to its Red To Blue program, despite Malinowski’s history as a lobbyist against the national sex offender registry.

As the top lobbyist for Human Rights Watch in 2006, Malinowski opposed a crime bill that would have toughened punishments for sex offenders, reportedly calling tougher sentencing for child predators “unfair.” Malinowski is running for re-election against Republican Tom Kean Jr., in New Jersey’s seventh district.