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Rep. Seth Moulton Endorses Ken Harbaugh for Congress

“We need more service-driven leaders who are prepared to put country over party and people over politics,” Moulton said. “The Democratic Party needs a new generation of leadership - one focused on the future.”

Moulton, frustrated with party leaders, endorses 8 veterans in House races

06/21/2017 02:00 PM EDT

Rep. Seth Moulton (D-Mass.), frustrated over Democrats’ loss in the Georgia special election and tired of relying on party leadership to recruit candidates, on Wednesday will release a list of eight fellow veterans he’s endorsing in 2018 House races.

Moulton is backing Dan McCready in North Carolina, Mikie Sherrill in New Jersey, Roger Dean Huffstetler in Virginia, Joseph Kopser in Texas, Patrick Ryan in New York, Ken Harbaugh in Ohio, Josh Butner in California and Jason Crow in Colorado, all Democrats who plan to challenge sitting Republican lawmakers next year.

Moulton, who vented Tuesday night in a series of tweets about the Georgia race, told POLITICO that he expects to endorse more candidates, as Democrats’ angst over non-stop losses leads to more fragmentation away from party leadership.

“We need more service-driven leaders who are prepared to put country over party and people over politics,” Moulton said. “The Democratic Party needs a new generation of leadership - one focused on the future.”

Moulton did four tours in Iraq as a Marine, and he has been active for the last few months in helping recruit veterans to run for office — in line with the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s own veteran-heavy focus in seeking out candidates they think can help put control of the House in play next year. 

It also serves another end: since arriving in the House in 2015, Moulton has been an outspoken critic of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and other leaders.

“#Ossoff race better be a wake up call for Democrats—business as usual isn’t working. Time to stop rehashing 2016 and talk about the future,” Moulton tweeted after the Georgia results came in. “We need a genuinely new message, a serious jobs plan that reaches all Americans, and a bigger tent not a smaller one. Focus on the future.”

 

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  • commented 2017-07-24 17:04:36 -0400
    Ken and Seth, I couldn’t agree more with your focus on service to the country. And that the Democrats need a new infusion of leadership and especially messaging. I heard the overview of this “Better Deal” from Sen Schumer on economic and job growth, and in my humble opinion, and based on my analysis of economic drivers and history, it’s way off base. It will not change the minds of anyone who’s not already a loyal Democrat, and it’s still focused on special interest groups versus the overall middle class. It still leaves the majority of the voters who left the Democrats for Trump, and independent thinking Republicans, that tax cuts are the best way to grow jobs and the economy, and everyone wants to pay lower taxes, so they are built-in believers. That fallacy must be addressed directly with facts and history, not ideology, or the Democrats lose the top issues to the Republicans … AGAIN!

    Be happy to share my thoughts. I’m at bobviney70@gmail.com. I’m a Cold War and Viet Nam war veteran, former Fortune 50 Executive and now Small Business Coach and Adjunct Professor of Leadership at UC. I live in Mason, OH, in Warren County.

    Best wishes,

    Bob Viney

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