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 MoultonMarkey fundraises ahead of Kennedy primary challenge The Hill's Campaign Report: De Blasio drops out | Warren gains support from black voters | Sanders retools campaign team | Warning signs for Tillis in NC Young insurgents aren't rushing to Kennedy's side in Markey fight MORE (D-Mass.) facing an opponent in his next primary after facing scrutiny for his efforts to block House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiBiden blasts Trump, demands he release transcript of call with foreign leader Pelosi wants to change law to allow a sitting president to be indicted Overnight Health Care — Presented by Partnership for America's Health Care Future — Walmart to stop selling e-cigarettes | Senators press FDA to pull most e-cigarettes immediately | House panel tees up e-cig hearing for next week 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 RiceMarijuana industry donations to lawmakers surge in 2019: analysis Pelosi backers feel vindicated after tumultuous stretch Democrat offers measure to prevent lawmakers from sleeping in their offices 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.