Steny Hoyer, Pelosi agree: We’re ok with tipping the scales in the primaries [video]

Steny Hoyer, Pelosi agree: We’re ok with tipping the scales in the primaries [video]

Steny Hoyer, Pelosi agree: We’re ok with tipping the scales in the primaries [video]

Winning elections is serious business, and not for the faint of heart. Steny Hoyer makes no bones about this reality in describing the ways of the world to the up and coming, young and ambitious progressive, Levi Tillemann. Tillemann is running for the House seat in Congressional District 6 in Colorado. Too bad for him he is running against the Democratic establishment’s chosen son, Jason Crow.

Levi Tillemann, running for the House, Colorado D-6

Tillemann suspected, but didn’t know for sure, that the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) was tipping the scales in favor of Crow in the primaries. Tillemann decided to ferret out the truth in a conversation with Hoyer, and he recorded it. The recording was made in Colorado which appears to be a one-party consent state, so don’t let Nancy Pelosi derail the substance here. Tillemann is in the clear.

Meanwhile, Pelosi is calling the progressives’ methods into question.

“I don’t know that a person can tape a person without the person’s consent and then release it to the press,” Pelosi said. “That’s what I’m more concerned about.”

The Intercept produced a nice report on the event, with accompanying video illustrations:

Hoyer’s own words here could not be more clear on what Democrats, or perhaps just elections in this day and age, are about:

“Yeah, I’m for Crow,” Hoyer explained. “I am for Crow because a judgment was made very early on. I didn’t know Crow. I didn’t participate in the decision. But a decision was made early on by the Colorado delegation,” he said, referencing the three House Democrats elected from Colorado.

So your position is, a decision was made very early on before voters had a say, and that’s fine because the DCCC knows better than the voters of the 6th Congressional District, and we should line up behind that candidate,” asked Tillemann during the conversation.

“That’s certainly a consequence of our decision,” responded Hoyer.

“Staying out of primaries sounds small-D democratic, very intellectual, and very interesting,” said Hoyer. “But if you stay out of primaries, and somebody wins in the primary who can’t possibly win in the general,” the Maryland representative said, citing the surprise victory of Democrat Doug Jones over Republican Roy Moore in the Alabama Senate election, “I’m not saying you’re that person.” But staying out of primaries, he argued, is “not very smart strategy.”


During the conversation, Hoyer asked Tillemann to leave the race multiple times and make way for Crow. “You keep saying I would like you to get out of the race, and of course that’s correct,” Hoyer said, adding that he hoped Tillemann would refrain from criticizing the party’s chosen candidate if he decided to stay in.

A lot of people crow about the money in politics, but that’s just a symptom of the problem. When where the money flows is decided by only the anointed few, that’s where the heart of the rot is. Once people feel and possess that power, they will let nothing get in their way of rationalizing their actions.

“In terms of candidates and campaigns, I don’t see anything inappropriate in what Mr. Hoyer was engaged in — a conversation about the realities of life in the race as to who can make the general election,” Pelosi, a California Democrat, told reporters at her weekly news conference.

It’s no surprise to conservatives that Nancy Pelosi would say such a thing, but it’s still questionable as to whether Democrats and progressives will ever hold her and her cronies accountable for railroading fresh faces (and old, sorry Bernie) out of the potential for leadership? Republicans might be criticized for being weak and stupid, but Democrats always win the prize for corruption.

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  • Wfjag says:

    Growing up in the South (pre-George McGovern, when “Solid South” meant guaranteed Democrat), I watched Democrats steal safe elections. On Election Day, buses of farm hands and families would arrive outside polling places. The share cropper families would line up, pre-marked ballots and a Dollar to pay the poll tax would be handed out, and they’d walk through, paying the poll tax and then placing the ballot in the box. Then, back on the bus for a trip into town, where everyone got $5 in cash (a lot in those days) and an afternoon to enjoy. Rigging elections is a Democrat tradition,

  • Robin H says:

    If the last presidential election is any indication of who they think can win, more power to them, and stack more elections! Seriously, I hope more young people catch on to the crookedness of the old power brokers. The dems could use some new faces on their side of the aisle.

  • Rick Caird says:

    Then, too, there is the technique employed by Democrats of running anonymous commercials supporting the Republican candidate they think they can beat, Claire McCaskill comes to mind.

    So, the Democrats are equal opportunity interferer.

  • Scott says:

    Good post Jenny, and you are correct, Colorado is a “One-party consent” state, so as usual, Nancy Legosi is not only crooked, but wrong across the board…

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