DC Democrats are trying not to get too involved in flipping Alabama from red to blue — and it might be their best strategy yet


WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 09: Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY) talks with reporters as he walks through the U.S. Capitol November 9, 2017 in Washington, DC. Senate Republicans are meeting behind closed doors to get their first look at their proposed tax cut and reform legislation. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Democratic Senate candidate Doug Jones is closing in on a scandal-embroiled Roy Moore in Alabama’s special election.
Democrats are walking a fine line in bolstering Jones because an appearance of outside influence from Washington could have an inverse effect.

WASHINGTON — After several women came forward with sexual misconduct allegations against Roy Moore, the Republican lead in the Alabama special Senate election has all but evaporated, placing Democrat Doug Jones in prime position to flip one of the deepest red seats in the country.

But Democrats are playing it cool, leaving all aspects of the campaign to Jones’s in-state operation. An armada of national field staff and piles of outside money could do more harm than good in a political climate fed up with the Washington establishment.

“We don’t have to focus on that,” said Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin of adding additional resources to the race. “The rest of America is.”

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer also played down the national party’s role in Alabama, telling reporters in a Monday press conference that “it’s an Alabama race.”

“When they ask us for help, we’ll do it,” Schumer said. “But it’s been an Alabama race. Period.”

Montana Sen. Jon Tester, who chaired the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee last cycle, said flipping an Alabama seat “would be huge” for the Democratic Party, but that “it’s better to have a race run by home.”

“But I’m telling you, even in my race, there’s a ton of money from outside the state that comes in,” Tester added, noting high profile races’ propensity for outside influence. “Just like in every state.”

Tester’s claim about the inevitability of outside influence is proving to be correct. Sens. Elizabeth Warren, Joe Donnelly, and others sent fundraising emails to supporters on behalf of Jones on Monday evening. On Tuesday, the California-based Daily Kos announced a …read more

Source:: Business Insider

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