Democrats are scrambling to assign blame for losses expected in the House. Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Steve Israel (N.Y.) has decided to place blame “squarely on liberal outside groups that he says haven’t stepped up for the cause.” The Hill,
Israel told reporters Wednesday morning that the DCCC is having to shore up incumbents and cut loose some potentially competitive candidates because its super-PAC allies aren’t spending what they did last election cycle.
“Outside groups have always played a fundamentally important role in supporting our candidates and supporting our efforts. When you have 32 races within 6 points and you’re making tactical and strategic decisions to shore up incumbents, it is frustrating that the cavalry that’s always been there doesn’t seem to be there,” he said.
Democrats appear increasingly likely to lose more than a handful of House seats this fall, and Israel sought to convince reporters that none of those losses would be the committee’s fault, while maintaining an optimistic tone about where individual races stood.