Democrat voters should be getting tired of the constant revelations that their party is corrupt, but they continue to support the party, so they can’t be that upset.
In 2016, the Party was exposed as nakedly corrupt when their leadership was found to be openly assisting the Hillary Clinton campaign in their efforts to defeat Bernie Sanders. Slowly, but surely, more and more information leaked out showing how Bernie’s team was being persecuted and undercut, while Hillary’s campaign was secretly receiving support from the Party apparatus.
Now, the Intercept has uncovered secretly recorded audio that proves that the Party has been working against some candidates in an effort to aid others, ignoring the wishes of their voters altogether.
Leftwing candidate Levi Tillemann is a Colorado Democrat who is hoping to win a seat to Congress from Colorado’s 6th District. In that race, his primary opponent is Jason Crow a corporate lawyer from a powerful Colorado law firm. The Party has decided that the candidate they want running against Republican incumbent Mike Coffman, is Crow, and so the #2-ranking Democrat in the House, Steny Hoyer (D-IL) traveled to Colorado to read Tillemann the riot act.
Thankfully, Tillemann was wise enough to record the interaction and prove once again that the Democrat Party hates democracy and is a corrupt club for rich power brokers.
With Hoyer in Denver, Tillemann met the minority whip at the Hilton Denver Downtown to make the case that the party should stay neutral in the primary and that he had a more plausible path to victory than the same centrism that Coffman had already beaten repeatedly.
Hoyer, however, had his own message he wanted to convey: Tillemann should drop out.
In a frank and wide-ranging conversation, Hoyer laid down the law for Tillemann. The decision, Tillemann was told, had been made long ago. It wasn’t personal, Hoyer insisted, and there was nothing uniquely unfair being done to Tillemann, he explained: This is how the party does it everywhere.
Tillemann had heard the argument before from D.C. insiders and local Democratic bigwigs, all of whom had discouraged him from challenging the establishment favorite. The only difference was that for this conversation, the candidate had his phone set to record.
The secretly taped audio recording, released here for the first time, reveals how senior Democratic officials have worked to crush competitive primaries and steer political resources, money, and other support to hand-picked candidates in key races across the country, long before the party publicly announces a preference. The invisible assistance boosts the preferred candidate in fundraising and endorsements, and then that fundraising success and those endorsements are used to justify national party support. Meanwhile, opponents of the party’s unspoken pick are driven into paranoia, wondering if they are merely imagining that unseen hands are working against them.
Hoyer bluntly told Tillemann that it wasn’t his imagination, and that mobilizing support for one Democratic candidate over another in a primary isn’t unusual. Rep. Ben Ray Luján, D-N.M., chair of the DCCC, has a “policy that early on, we’d try to agree on a candidate who we thought could win the general and give the candidate all the help we could give them,” Hoyer told Tillemann matter-of-factly.
“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.
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