Sergent Bucks Party, Emphasizes Local Roots

The Democrat isn't seeking support from the DCCC, Nancy Pelosi, or EMILY's List.

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Drew Gerber
July 12, 2018, 10:26 a.m.

"There are few places where Hillary Clinton is more toxic than West Virginia. So why does" her 2016 state director Talley Sergent (D) "think she stands any chance of flipping a House district" held by Rep. Alex Mooney (R)? "While Mooney is trying to nationalize the race—he mentioned either Clinton or House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi eight times in a statement on his opponent’s primary win, and he marched with 'Trump-Mooney' signs on his pickup truck—Sergent is doing everything she can to localize it" in a district Trump won by 36 points.

Sergent is not on the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's Red to Blue list, and she claims she doesn't want the endorsement—nor that of Pelosi, whom she said she would not back for leader. She also said does she want the endorsement of pro-abortion rights group EMILY's List despite talks with the group. Despite her role in Clinton's 2016 campaign, which a spokesman described as just "a job she had" and is absent from her campaign website, Sergent claims voters don't ask about Clinton and instead are interested in her deep roots in the state.

Sergent: "I don't know of a single race the DCCC or EMILY's List has ever won in West Virginia. And so I'd rather not have that kiss of death." (Roll Call)


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