Tuesday's HOT MIC
The chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, Rep. Ray Lujan, promised America that Democrats would not use an anti-abortion "litmus test" to disqualify candidates.
Cross his heart and hopes to die.
"There is not a litmus test for Democratic candidates,” said Luján, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee chairman. “As we look at candidates across the country, you need to make sure you have candidates that fit the district, that can win in these districts across America.”
In taking the position, Luján and Democrats risk alienating liberals, as well as groups dedicated to promoting access to abortion and reproductive health services that represent the core of the party’s base.
“Throwing weight behind anti-choice candidates is bad politics that will lead to worse policy,” said Mitchell Stille, who oversees campaigns for NARAL Pro-Choice America. “The idea that jettisoning this issue wins elections for Democrats is folly contradicted by all available data.”
Luján, serving his second term as the DCCC’s chairman, has cast a wide net for candidates. A map on his office wall highlights districts held by dozens of Republican that he hopes to oust in the 2018 midterm elections.
“To pick up 24 [seats] and get to 218, that is the job. We’ll need a broad coalition to get that done,” Luján said. “We are going to need all of that, we have to be a big family in order to win the House back.”
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) have both argued against party litmus tests, saying there’s room for people with different opinions on abortion. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), another influential voice, has echoed that
Planned Parenthood, NOW, NARAL, and a dozen other pro-abortion Democratic groups could not be reached for comment.
Is this guy serious? What the hell do the above groups care what he, Pelosi, and even Bernie Sanders say about the abortion issue? These are people who won't let pro-life speakers into the Democratic convention. Now they're not going to care if a Democratic candidate is pro-life?
We're seeing Lujan's lips move but don't believe what's coming out of his mouth.