Dem strategist: 'Every elected male should be concerned about a female challenger in 2020'

Democratic strategist Scott Ferson said Tuesday that he believes “every” man in elected office should be "concerned" about facing a female challenger in 2020.

“I think every elected male should be concerned about a female challenger in 2020,” he told The Boston Globe in an interview on Tuesday.

Ferson's remarks came as he discussed the possibility of Rep. Seth MoultonSeth Wilbur MoultonThe Hill's Morning Report - Boeing crisis a test for Trump administration We could have less than 5 years to save the North Atlantic right whale A focus on national service can unify our divided country MORE (D-Mass.) facing an opponent in his next primary after facing scrutiny for his efforts to block House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiMulvaney: Military projects impacted by wall funding haven't been decided yet Left-wing Dems in minority with new approach to spending Julian Castro hints at brother Joaquin's Senate run MORE's (D-Calif.) bid for the Speaker's gavel.

“Calling for the replacement of the woman who’s widely expected to be the next Speaker without an alternative or a real reason probably wasn’t the most productive thing to do,” state Rep. Lori Ehrlich (D) told the paper.


Ferson, an ex-press secretary to Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.) who advised Moulton in 2014, added that Moulton could likely face a primary opponent following after a year in which women candidates were elected to office in record numbers. House Democrats will see a record 89 women serving in Congress.

"There is definitely enough energy that there will be a primary challenger. It will just be a matter of when that person, or what person, will announce,” Isa Leshko, a Massachusetts Democrat who helped organize pro-Pelosi protesters, told the Globe.

Earlier this month, Moulton joined 15 other Democrats in signing on to a letter to oppose Pelosi's Speakership bid.

The letter, which was spearheaded by Rep. Kathleen RiceKathleen Maura RiceNew York Rep. Maloney endorses Gillibrand for president Hispanic Dems ask for multi-agency meeting on family separations The Hill's 12:30 Report: O'Rourke jumps into 2020 fray MORE (D-N.Y.), argued that midterm voters handed Democrats the House majority with expectations of the party shaking up Washington — starting with the party leader, who’s been at the helm for 15 years.