A growing number of rank-and-file Democrats are pushing back on the far-left politics of “Squad” members ahead of the 2022 midterms, calling their agenda “deeply problematic” and adding to the party’s political woes.
Specifically, more moderate Democrats worry that like-minded members in swing districts are more prone to defeat by Republican challengers thanks to the far-left politics of ‘progressive’ lawmakers like Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY), Ilhan Omar (Minn.), Corey Bush (Mo.), Ayanna Pressley (Mass.), Jamaal Bowman (NY), and Rashida Tlaib (Mich.), among a few others.
Fox News reports:
A leader of a PAC designed to help moderates told Fox News Digital that the policies trumpeted by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her progressive squad are too toxic for Democrats running in the competitive seats that will determine whether Democrats hold onto the majority.
“We have been kind of shouting this from the rooftops since the 2020 election,” said Matt Bennett, executive vice president of the center-left Third Way and co-founder of Shield PAC, which was launched last year specifically to protect more moderate Democrats, though, in Congress, all Dems generally vote as a bloc, regardless of the legislation.
Bennett also noted that the 2020 elections were a wake-up call for the party after losing14 House seats amid calls to “defund the police” and other far-left policies, all of which were embraced by Republican challengers and used as political fodder for their successful campaigns.
“Also, the 2021 Virginia gubernatorial race was another example where the GOP used Democrat-backed and highly divisive critical race theory and other school-related policies to propel Republican candidate Glenn Youngkin to win. In addition, GOP lt. governor candidate Winsome Sears also won her race as did Republican attorney general candidate Jason Miyares,” Conservative Brief adds.
Though Squad policies “do fine in Brooklyn,” Bennett told Fox News Digital, “I would say that they are deeply problematic for Democrats running in competitive districts and states. They arm Republicans with very potent attacks, albeit, very misleading ones, but very politically impactful attacks.”
Bennett said he wants the Squad to understand that their policies are harming Democrats’ chances in the November midterms.
“My message would be, please understand that what works in your district does not work in western Iowa and that what you say has consequences for your Democratic colleagues that could profoundly impact the ability of the party to retain majorities,” Bennett said.