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VA-02 Dem Candidate Shaun Brown Hits DCCC, Says She Will Run for Congress as Independent

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I get the frustration in VA-02 with the DCCC foolishly weighing in the way they have for one candidate (Elaine Luria, who voted for Rep. Scott Taylor not once but TWICE in 2016). Having said that, I do NOT believe that it’s at all helpful for a Democrat (e.g., Shaun Brown; see statement below) to run as an independent in the general election, as this could be a very close race in November, where even 1% or 2% “bleeding off” from the Democratic nominee to the independent progressive candidate could hand reelection to the Republican, Scott Taylor. That would, to be blunt about it, suck. (Also note that a similar situation has happened in VA-07, where Helen Alli dropped out of the Democratic primary and announced she’ll be running as an independent, also in a district where the election in November could be VERY close…) – Lowell

Statement: Second Congressional District Candidate Shaun Brown

Today, I announce my intention to enter the November general
election and  not participate in the Democratic Primary on June 12th
for the second congressional  district since a democratic nominee has
already been pre-selected by the  Democratic Congressional Campaign
Committee (DCCC).  This has minimized the voice of voters.  My fight
for fairness for you starts now as the DCCC’s decision not only does
not respect the voice of the voter, it goes to the core of who we are
here in Virginia, the birthplace of our democracy. Democratic primary
candidates in the second congressional race like myself would
ultimately pay for an election that has been pre-determined. I believe
that a  fair primary election would have been best for all with all of
us coming together to support the winner.

Next year we will  celebrate the 400th hundredth anniversary of the
first representative government in this New World and the landing of
the first Africans here in the second congressional district both in
1619. No one but the people should choose who the people are.  That’s
democracy.

I am running to bring about meaningful change to our district and to
our nation. That includes but is not limited to: Fair Elections,
Comprehensive Commonsense Gun Reform , Protecting and taking care of
our Veterans because they protect us every single day and ensuring
that our Seniors who have worked their entire lives do not live in
poverty after they retire.

Hampton Roads and the Eastern Shore deserves economic prosperity and a
member of Congress who understands the need for income equality, the
need to bring federal dollars to the district as well as the need to
rebuild our infrastructure  that will create jobs. I’m listening. Is
Washington?

We must unite all of us not just some of us. This race is dedicated to
the 50th anniversary of the first Black woman to be elected to
Congress, Shirley Chisolm, unbossed and unbought.

As we return door to door collecting new signatures for the November
election , we will continue to expand our most inclusive campaign and
register new voters. We must unite a broad based effort to defeat the
Trump / Scott Taylor efforts to roll back the progress that we have
made in this country. Real progress means protecting our citizen
rights starting now, local prosperity that restores faith in our
government and a foreign policy worthy of the sacrifices of our
soldiers and veterans. That includes protecting our children,
environment and social security, addressing the rising sea levels,
fighting for free college tuition, addressing student debt and
correcting the daily problems faced by our veterans at the veterans
administration as we fight against racial and LGBTQIA  discrimination.

We have experienced  rigged elections before. Lets not make the same
mistake again. I believe we must work together to win together.
Certainly no one should stay home this November in this critical
midterm race. It will impact not only the congressional race but will
determine the U.S. Senate race. We must all vote to go blue.

I believe the people of the 2nd congressional district should have a
voice in determining who represents us in this fight for fairness in
our country. I am that voice now and will  be that voice for you in
Washington.

Shaun Brown
Paid for and Authorized by Shaun Brown for Virginia

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  • Adam

    “I get the frustration in VA-02 with the DCCC foolishly weighing in the way they have for one candidate”

    Explain to me how it’s foolish for the DCCC to back a 20 year Navy vet in a CD that leans GOP and has the second highest veteran population in the entire nation?

    Yes, Elaine voted for Taylor twice. Shame on her for voting for another veteran in the hopes of some bipartisanship over wasting her vote on a write-in or on a sketchy candidate who as it turns out, is now under federal indictment for stealing money from a group that feeds hungry children. Seems like Elaine’s instincts on Shaun Brown were right since Shaun seems to have no problem endangering our chances of flipping the district by running as an Independent. Yes, let’s put Elaine in the same awful category as Governor Northam who voted for George W Bush twice. Oh wait, didn’t Northam win VA-02 by about 4 points a year after it went about 28 points to Scott? Hmm, maybe there’s something to this strategy of having a liberal Dem with a strong military background run in VA-02?

    • Kenneth Ferland

      DCCC putting it’s thumb on the scales like this is always counter productive. Party unity after a primary is contingent on the process being seen as fair not just by the candidates but they the supporters of the candidates.

      Like it or not the DCCC has failed at it’s only job, by opening the door for an independent run like this and given supporters of reason to rally behind said run.

      If the establishment candidate is that strong then just let them cruise to a primary win, at this point the DCCC endorsements are probably a net negative.

      • Heavy handed by the DCCC, and for no good reason that I can see. Stupid.

        • dave schutz

          This kind of situation would be far less dangerous for the Dems (and for the Reeps, when they have their own many-candidate primaries) with ranked choice voting.

      • notjohnsmosby

        What is unfair about a PAC or an elected official – or anyone who’s associated with the Democratic Party – making an endorsement? I’m sure in this case if the DCCC had endorsed Brown, she would be totally happy about it.

        Just because you lose something to someone else doesn’t make it unfair.

        • Kenneth Ferland

          Individuals are free to make any endorsements they want. The DCCC is and actually ORGAN of the party and has the power to distribute MONEY. The party is to remain neutral in primaries.

          • I think the DCCC *can* get involved, but that it *should not* get involved unless there’s some strong/overriding reason to do so. In the case of VA-02 (or really any of the races in Virginia this year), I’m not seeing that.

          • notjohnsmosby

            The DCCC can become involved in a primary if they want to. Look at it this way – when they do, like in the case of VA-2 or the Texas seat, they are backing the only candidate they will support in the primary. They will not support anyone else at all in the general election, so making that known in the primary is probably a good thing. That at least cuts down on the whining from a different candidate, should he or she win, that the “party” isn’t supporting them.

          • Agreed that the DCCC *can* get involved. The question is whether it’s wise of them to do so or not in specific districts. I think the DCCC *should* get involved at times, *should not* at other times; it’s a judgement call, and a tricky one, but generally I’d encourage them to tread lightly and let voters decide unless there’s a strong reason to intervene.

          • notjohnsmosby

            The fact that they make a play in primaries so rarely is an indicator that they have serious issues with some of the primary candidates. There are some real misfits in the 2nd, as well as the Texas district. The misfits don’t like it but the DCCC is finally playing to win, and I’m happy they are making a splash.

            Bad candidates can certainly win a primary, and if the wave is big enough, might even win the general election. However, they usually don’t make it through their first reelection. The DCCC is weighing in on who they think can best beat a Republican this November and hopefully more Novembers in the future.

  • Philip Whitman

    This is disingenuous at best. Shaun Brown lacked support because there are better candidates running, not the DCCC. (Although I do think they should have stayed quiet.)

    • Right, Shaun Brown’s problems were not about the DCCC. I’m more frustrated that the DCCC weighed in for Elaine Luria over Karen Mallard. Why was that necessary?

      • Anthony Shifflett

        Back in the 80’s when I was a Republican and worked for the RNC they did this all the time. I’ve never understood why the infrastructure of both parties feels compelled to do this from time to time.

        It’s like Scott Walker in Wisconsin. What’s he thinking? It’s sure to backfire.

        • I mean, I could understand it if the DCCC felt that there was only one candidate who had a chance in hell to win in November, or if there were some other overriding reason to get involved. Other than that, seems to me that they should let the voters decide.