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Schumer accused of working against progressive Democrats

Sep 04, 2019 12:11 am
Aída Chávez and Akela Lacy report at The Intercept that New York Senator Chuck Schumer is being accused of working against progressive Democrats trying to unseat Republican Senators. Andrew Romanoff is one of many candidates trying to be the Democratic nominee to win the Colorado senate seat from Republican Cory Gardner. Romanoff says that the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee is steering campaign consultants away from candidates on the left. “They’ve made it clear to a number of the firms and individuals we tried to hire that they wouldn’t get any business in Washington or with the DSCC if they worked with me,” Romanoff said. “It’s been a well-orchestrated operation to blackball ragtag grassroots teams.” An anonymous consultant backed up Romanoff's story to The Intercept, saying that "their firm had been far along in talks to work for Romanoff when they got word that Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and the DSCC weren’t happy. The consultant says the firm was told by a top DSCC staffer that they “absolutely under no circumstances could work for Andrew Romanoff, so we withdrew our offer to be his consulting firm.” Schumer, who is known to lead the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, would not comment. “We do not have a policy of preventing firms from working with candidates,” a DSCC spokesperson told The Intercept in an email. “In our role as a campaign committee focused on winning Senate seats, we have ongoing conversations with strategists and advisers about battleground races.” But even though there are still many Democrats running for the Colorado seat right now, the DSCC Tweeted on Aug. 30 that “[John] Hickenlooper is running against Cory Gardner — the most vulnerable Republican up in 2020! If we want to end the gridlock, cut the costs of health care and prescription drugs, and act on climate — we need to flip this #COSen seat,” seeming to favor one candidate over the rest of thei field. Aída Chávez and Akela Lacy report at The Intercept

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