Bloomberg Government: “Progressives see their potential success in swing districts as an indication that liberal policies can gain momentum among the mainstream.”
[WASHINGTON, DC] – Yesterday, Bloomberg Government released a story on progressive Democrats running in swing seats, and highlighted the Congressional Progressive Caucus PAC’s efforts to boost them.
“Progressives see their potential success in swing districts as an indication that liberal policies can gain momentum among the mainstream. Congressional Progressive Caucus Co-Chair Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.), who also co-chairs the group’s political arm, said voters can see the appeal of progressive ideas because they’re seeking change from the status quo.”
The story highlights six CPC PAC endorsed candidates on the DCCC’s Red-to-Blue program: Kara Eastman (NE-02), Dana Balter (NY-24), Candace Valenzuela (TX-24), Jon Hoadley (MI-06), Mike Siegel (TX-10), and Julie Oliver (TX-25).
“Dana Balter […] said voters are realizing the issues they care about are the same ones progressives champion. “We are running against candidates who are trying to paint us as out of touch with the mainstream, but nothing could be further from the truth […] The most effective way to get voters out is to reframe the conversation to remind them that our priorities are their priorities.”
The Cook Political Report rates Balter, Eastman, and Valenzuela’s races as Toss Ups. Meanwhile, seven CPC PAC freshmen members, including Katie Porter, are on the DCCC’s Frontline program as they campaign for re-election.
CPC PAC Co-Chair Jamie Raskin noted that electing more progressives from swing districts would continue to build momentum for the policies that progressives champion.
But if progressives also came from swing districts, that would give their initiatives more leverage, said Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) […] If more progressive lawmakers are elected in those districts, Raskin said they’ll be able to say, “On the contrary, it’s precisely because of those people that we have to act forcefully so they can keep their promises.”