How the DCCC Is Squashing Primary Challenges to Incumbents
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FEATURING LINDSEY BOYLAN – When Lindsey Boylan, a former advisor to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo decided to run for Congress challenging incumbent Democrat Jerrold Nadler, she received a threatening letter from a prominent party donor and activist. The donor said, “I am totally behind Nadler,” and added, “you may have seriously impaired any realistic chance to run for the other offices you were considering.”
Establishment Democrats were stunned last year when long-time incumbents Joe Crowley in New York and Mike Capuano in Massachusetts were toppled by first time primary challengers Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ayanna Pressley.
Now the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) has instituted new rules for vendors and consultants, barring them from working on primary campaigns against Democratic incumbents.
Lindsey Boylan, former adviser to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, and a candidate running for Congress in New York’s 10th district, mounting a primary challenge to incumbent Rep. Jerrold Nadler.
**This segment was originally broadcast on May 1, 2019.