He continues, “These destructive primary tactics are aimed at elevating Republican candidates whom Democrats hope can beat more easily in November. But it is risky and unethical to promote a candidate whose campaign is based on eroding trust in our elections. We have to stop this practice, and stop today.
Signatories to the letter include former senators and House members from across the country, including former Sens. Gary Hart of Colorado and Carol Moseley-Braun of Illinois, as well as former House Democratic leader Dick Gephardt. Former Colorado Gov. Roy Romer, former chairman at large of the Democratic National Committee, also signed.
The letter, released by political reform group Issue One, follows Democratic interventions in Republican primaries in Maryland, Pennsylvania, California and other states. And despite mixed results, these efforts continue. Ahead of Tuesday’s primary in Michigan, the Democratic congressional campaign committee placed a TV ad buy designed to lift the Trump-endorsed Republican race against Rep. Pierre Meijera House Republican who voted to impeach Trump.
Democratic supporters of the practice have said that it is GOP primary voters, not Democrats, who voice Republican allegiance at the ballot box to Trumpism and the far right. And they defended the interference as smart policy — a way to stack the deck against Republicans in the general election by sealing them with a less eligible candidate.
The risk is that these Republicans are more competitive than they appear. In Pennsylvania, where Democrats intervened on behalf of hardliner Doug Mastriano in that state’s gubernatorial primary, Mastriano now appears to have at least a credible chance of winning.