RACE FOR THE HOUSE

Democratic Groups Spending Against Stronger Republican Primary Candidates

Jack Fitzpatrick
June 3, 2014, 7:35 a.m.

Demo­crat­ic groups have spent against es­tab­lish­ment Re­pub­lic­an can­did­ates in primar­ies in sev­er­al states, hop­ing to help their less elect­able primary op­pon­ents and pave an easy path for Demo­crats. In NJ-03, Pat­ri­ot Ma­jor­ity USA, a Demo­crat­ic group with ties to or­gan­ized labor, has spent more than $150,000 on ads cri­ti­ciz­ing former Ran­dolph May­or Tom Ma­cAr­thur (R) for rais­ing prop­erty taxes in or­der to help former Bogota May­or Steve Loneg­an (R), who is seen as less of a threat in the gen­er­al elec­tion. 

In CA-36, the Cali­for­nia Demo­crat­ic Party has sent mail­ers cri­ti­ciz­ing state As­sembly­man Bri­an Nest­ande (R), and in CA-07, House Ma­jor­ity PAC has sent mail­ers cri­ti­ciz­ing former Rep. Doug Ose (R) for sup­port­ing cuts to vet­er­ans’ pro­grams while vot­ing to in­crease pay for mem­bers of Con­gress.

“In every cycle, we all look back and say, ‘Gee, that race sure would have been more win­nable if only X can­did­ate had won the primary.’ And this cycle, even more than in the past, the Demo­crats are com­mit­ted to mak­ing sure that ‘what if’ turns in­to the in­ev­it­able,” said Demo­crat­ic poll­ster Je­frey Pol­lock. (Politico)

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