The leaders of No Dem Left Behind today strongly condemned a document circulated by a corporate super-PAC attacking their endorsed candidate and the frontrunner in Pennsylvania’s Democratic primary race for U.S. Senate, Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman.
The document, a nine-page slide deck of proposed anti-Fetterman talking points, was sent to donors and supporters of Fetterman’s nearest competitor for the Democratic nomination, Conor Lamb, who currently trails Fetterman by 30 points, as reported by Politico.
The document suggests that to have any chance of defeating Fetterman in the primary, his opponents must push aggressively negative messaging about him. It goes on to recommend specific examples tested on focus groups, including descriptions of Fetterman as a “dangerous radical who proudly calls himself a socialist” and false claims that he’s “spoken at Defund the Police rallies and wants to release convicted felons back onto our streets.”
“The document is a shameful pack of lies made up by pencil-pushers in the D.C. bubble who are terrified of a candidate like John because they know he will not play their games,” said Richard Ojeda, national spokesman for No Dem Left Behind. “They’re the same kind of people who opposed me when I ran for Congress.”
“We would never endorse a candidate like the one they describe in that document,” said No Dem Left Behind’s Executive Director, Hassan Martini. “A candidate like that would never be accepted by the states and districts our PAC focuses on, which are rural and working-class.”
“John Fetterman has never called himself a socialist, not even once,” said Martini, “and he’s always been a good friend to Law Enforcement. As Mayor of Braddock, Pennsylvania, he worked side-by-side with his Chief of Police over a period of more than 5 years to transform the relationship between the police and the community from one that was deeply distrustful on both sides to one that is now cooperative and friendly.”
Added Martini, “The reason these corporate SuperPACs are flooding this race with dark money is that they hate that John Fetterman has built his career on standing up for working-class people and fighting the corruption and greed of the 1-percent. The last thing they want is for him to take his fight for working people to the U.S. Senate, where he can push
for change on a national level.”
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No Dem Left Behind is a one-of-a-kind grassroots movement dedicated to electing Democrats in rural and working-class
communities to Congress. We know that historically, red states aren’t so much red as they are voter-suppressed. We know
that people in rural areas are living in civic deserts. We’re out to change that. NDLB is organizing and elevating rural
Democrats, expanding the Democratic base in America’s Heartland and sending more Democrats to Congress. For more
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