Since the election, the PCCC has been telling Democrats to run on Elizabeth Warren’s bold agenda of big, popular ideas like Wall Street reform.
When rumors swirled around Washington D.C. last week that Nancy Pelosi might nominate former Goldman Sachs executive Jim Himes to chair the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee — the PCCC got alarmed.
Like the PCCC, the DCCC recruits Democrats to run for Congress. Unlike the PCCC, they don’t always choose progressive candidates. Having the DCCC chaired by a banker who Businessweek called “Wall Street’s Favorite Democrat” would have been disastrous for progressives and hurt Democrats’ chances of winning back the majority in 2016.
That’s why PCCC members took immediate action to head off Jim Himes’ appointment — calling Nancy Pelosi’s office, sending her tweets and, in the process, making headlines in Time Magazine, The Hill, Politico, The Associated Press, and more.
PCCC members calls and tweets made a difference!
Here’s the statement PCCC co-founder Adam Green made when Pelosi announced that Rep. Ben Ray LujA?n of New Mexico will chair the DCCC:
We thank Leader Pelosi for not selecting Jim Himes to lead the DCCC — thereby rejecting the Wall Street wing of the Democratic Party. In order to win key House races, Democrats must run on big, bold, populist ideas like those championed by Elizabeth Warren. This means recruiting economic populist candidates — especially in red and purple states — and working with them to integrate a populist vision into their campaign messaging. The PCCC will be doing this, and we hope to partner with Rep. Ben Ray LujA?n and others to achieve success in 2016.
To see the difference this will make, read the statement Rep. LujA?n made when the Dodd-Frank Wall Street reform bill was signed into law:
For too long Wall Street banks have profited while their irresponsible behavior have hurt New Mexican families. The Wall Street Reform bill signed into law today will hold Wall Street accountable for irresponsible behavior, help put an end to bailouts, improve oversight and transparency in the financial system and protect consumers from predatory financial practices. This is an important step toward making sure the problems that led to our current economic crisis do not happen again.
And PCCCa��s stand against Jim Himes made headlines across the country:
- THE HUFFINGTON POST: Jim Himes Says Wall Street Ties Prevented Him From Leading Democratic Campaign Committee
- CONNECTICUT POST: Himes: Wall Street ties likely cost him leadership post
- ASSOCIATED PRESS: Liberals oppose Himes in House Democratic race
- CT POLITICS: Himes not tapped for senior party position in House
- THE SANTA FE NEW MEXICAN: Pelosi picks LujA?n to head House Democratsa�� political wing
- TAOS NEWS: LujA?n picked to head House Democratsa�� political wing
- POLITICO: Ben Ray LujA?n, of New Mexico, to chair DCCC
- TIME: Nancy Pelosi Backs New Mexico Rep. For DCCC Chairman Role
Taking bold stands — like standing up to Wall Street banks — is what will put Democrats back in the majority in 2016.