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 — Shutdown fallout — economic distress How Pelosi is punishing some critics while rewarding others Moulton to visit New Hampshire amid 2020 speculation 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 PelosiElise Stefanik seeks to tackle GOP’s women ‘crisis’ ahead of 2020 Our legislators must commit to making children a priority Dreamer: Dems 'should absolutely not' take Trump's immigration deal 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 RiceMcCarthy, allies retaliate against Freedom Caucus leader How Pelosi is punishing some critics while rewarding others The 15 Democrats who voted against Pelosi 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.