Pro-Abortion Democrats Sing 2010 Election Blues, May Abandon Some Members
by Steven Ertelt
September 6, 2010
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — With Labor Day marking the traditional "official" start to the campaign season, the pro-abortion Democrats who control Congress are seeing any hope of preventing a landslide in favor of pro-life candidates fading away.
They are reportedly beginning to abandon candidates who seemingly are unable to keep their seats and running away from pro-abortion President Barack Obama.
The New York Times, over the weekend, indicates top Democratic party brass "are preparing a brutal triage" to determine which members can be helped with an infusion of party cash and which can’t.
"We are going to have to win these races one by one," said Rep. Chris Van Hollen of Maryland, chairman of the organization that oversees re-electing Democrats to the House.
He conceded to the Times that the party would ultimately cut loose some members who have little chance of winning and that the DCCC will focus on a couple of dozen members whose seats it believes can be salvaged.
Some members of the Times indicated Democrats believe to be too far gone include Reps. Betsy Markey of Colorado, Tom Perriello of Virginia, Mary Jo Kilroy of Ohio and Frank Kratovil Jr. of Maryland — all abortion advocates who won their seats in 2008 in a strongly Democratic election cycle.
Budget Chairman John Spratt and 10-term incumbent Earl Pomeroy of North Dakota were also mentioned as pro-abortion Democrats party leaders may leave behind.
On Monday, perhaps realizing he was too pessimistic in his interview with the Times, Van Hollen sought to paint a rosier picture in an interview with The Hill.
Van Hollen released a statement saying the Times "erroneously" said the DCCC would direct money to vulnerable members and leave others floundering.
"The Members of Congress referenced in the article are all running strong campaigns focused on their solid records and drawing sharp distinctions between themselves and their opponents on the key issues at stake in this election," Van Hollen said. "The DCCC is heavily invested in these campaigns. In each campaign mentioned, the DCCC has provided and continues to provide support for field operations and other key campaign activities."
"Every campaign cycle the DCCC and other campaign committees face difficult resource allocation decisions and this election cycle is no different," Van Hollen said.
Meanwhile, pro-abortion House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has sent out an urgent letter to members in safe districts to tap into their campaign accounts and donate to party organizations to save embattled incumbents.
"We need to know your commitment," Pelosi wrote to lawmakers last week — demanding a response in the next 72 hours. "The day after the election, we do not want to have any regrets."
Meanwhile, Obama is adding more fundraisers to his schedule and traveling to states where his administration believes his sagging poll numbers won’t hurt his party’s candidates too much.
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