Rep. Seth Moulton (D-MA) is unveiling a series of homestretch moves designed to help Democrats win back the House that could further enhance his profile for a potential 2020 run.
He is sending 16 staffers to 13 races in Colorado, Illinois, Kentucky, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, Ohio, Texas, and Virginia. His Serve America PAC is also making donations to state parties and committees with national implications, including Alabama, Iowa, Michigan, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Wisconsin.
Moulton, a two-term congressman from Massachusetts, will be traveling to Kentucky, New Jersey, Ohio, and Pennsylvania over the next few weeks. In addition, he’s endorsing two final candidates: Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. nominee and City Year veteran John Fetterman and water attorney Xochitl Torres Small in NM-02.
The final push comes with just weeks left to the midterm elections. A Marine Corps veteran who has long been critical of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Moulton has raised $6 million through Serve America PAC, Serve America Victory Fund, and Serve America Women's Victory Fund during the 2018 cycle. Serve America has endorsed 67 candidates in 28 states. (Hotline reporting)
BERNIE. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) “has a problem as he decides whether to run in 2020: Many of his former staffers are looking elsewhere. With the Vermont senator kicking off a nine-state tour on Friday with stops in Iowa, South Carolina, Nevada and California, a sizable contingent of the people who helped build his insurgent 2016 campaign is ambivalent about a second run, according to interviews with more than a dozen former staffers. Many of them are looking for a different progressive champion to finish what Sanders started.”
“In many ways, Sanders is a victim of his own success. His lightning-in-a-bottle 2016 campaign helped move his ambitious proposals into the mainstream—ideas such as ‘Medicare for all,’ a $15 minimum wage and debt-free college. The reluctance of former aides to embrace another campaign reflects what’s expected to be a sprawling field of Democrats stampeding left—unlike the binary Hillary or Bernie choice during most of the Democratic primary two years ago.” (Politico)
BOOKER. Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) is wading into New Hampshire fundraising. He sent out an email for New Hampshire gubernatorial candidate Molly Kelly (D) on Wednesday. (release) Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) is expected to appear with Kelly this week. (release)
BIDEN.Former Vice President Joe Biden (D) said "in an interview … that if Democrats retake the House … he hopes ‘they don't’ impeach President Trump. ‘I hope they don't. I don't think there's a basis for doing that right now,’ Biden said. He called for Democrats to wait until the conclusion of the investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller." (CBS News)
DELANEY. This month, Rep. John Delaney (D-MD) “has campaigned for Democratic candidates in Texas, Nevada, Arizona, Iowa and New Hampshire. This cycle, Delaney has provided or raised over $800,000 to candidates and party committees and endorsed 95 candidates.” (release)
HICKENLOOPER. Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) will be in Des Moines on Friday for a meet and greet. (Hotline reporting)
WARREN. The DNA test Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) "took did not identify Cherokee ancestry specifically; it found that she most likely had at least one Native American ancestor six to 10 generations ago. ... Warren "defended herself by saying she was not claiming to be eligible for membership in the Cherokee Nation—and she isn’t, given that her ancestors do not appear on the Dawes Rolls, early-20th-century government documents that form the basis of the Cherokee citizenship process. She said she was simply corroborating the family stories of Native American lineage that she has often recounted.
"But that distinction actually cuts to the heart of why Native Americans are so upset with her. Fundamentally, their anger is about what it means to be Native American—and who gets to decide.” (New York Times)