Letter: Democrats in tough races throw their party under the bus

“Democrats in tough races throw their party under the bus”

This headline and the excerpt below appeared in The Hill on Friday, November 2, 2018. It is not surprising to see Democrat candidates scrambling to distance themselves from the left-leaning leadership of their party.

“Democrats in tough Senate races around the country are throwing their party under the bus as the seek to pull out victories in red states won just two years ago by President Trump.”

In Missouri, Sen. Claire McCaskill (D) has a radio ad declaring she’s “not one of those crazy Democrats.” She’s in a razor-tight race against Josh Hawley, the state’s attorney general.

In Montana, Sen. Jon Tester (D), whose race against Republican Matt Rosendale has tightened considerably, told The Hill that Democrats “botched” the debate over Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
He also criticized Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s (D) use of DNA results to claim Native American heritage, saying it doesn’t “pass the test.”

In Tennessee and Arizona, former Gov. Phil Bredesen (D) and Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (D) are telling voters that they will not back Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (N.Y.) for Senate Democratic Leader. Trump won both of those states in 2016, too.

In West Virginia, Sen. Joe Manchin (W.Va.) broke with his party and backed Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation.

In Indiana, Sen. Joe Donnelly (D) has a television ad warning of “socialists” who “want to turn health care over to the government ” and of the “radical left” wanting to eliminate U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement.”

Joe Donnelly’s campaign has been focused on two things: unfair criticism of Mike Braun and embracing President Trump. People in Dubois County who know Mike Braun are hurt the by negative advertising by Donnelly and all of the unidentified initials that sponsor the ads. But, how can Democrats feel when they see Donnelly labeling other Democrats socialists?

Republican candidates are crisscrossing the State on the Right Track Results Tour. The bus tour will continue through Election Day.

Don Hayes

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