Tuesday, January 30, 2007

House Dems Formalize Ties to Netroots

New DCCC Chairman Chris Van Hollen plans a tighter relationship with the Netroots than the Democratic party had last cycle:

With an eye to 2008, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) is off to an early start in fostering its relationship with Netroots, political activists who drum up support for or opposition to candidates and causes online.

The DCCC chairman, Rep. Chris Van Hollen (Md.), has committed to participating in a monthly conference call with bloggers and has talked to several on an individual basis since taking the post earlier this month, a senior DCCC aide said. The DCCC’s executive director, Brian Wolff, also has close ties to Netroots activists...

Democrats must maintain support from the fickle Netroots community to retain their new House majority. Last week, a leading Democratic Party organizer and strategist, Steve Rosenthal, founded the Working for Us PAC. It will raise money for Democrats — including those who challenge incumbent lawmakers — who support a livable wage, workers’ right to organize, improved access to healthcare and Social Security, and sound corporate governance.

The new outfit criticized Democratic Reps. Albert Wynn (Md.), Ellen Tauscher (Calif.) and Henry Cuellar (Texas) on its website.

I like how the Hill phrases it: "Democrats must maintain support from the fickle Netroots community to retain their new House majority." Of course, Charlie Schumer argued quite differently . He just told the Hill that last year's election success will have been an aberration "unless we stop listening to the special-interest groups - and those are on the left as well as the right."

I suppose their majority may last as long as they can keep both the center and the base relatively happy.

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