Justice Democrats official denies that progressives struggle with electability

An official with the liberal group that helped elect Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezPoll: Biden and Sanders tied nationally, followed by Warren More than 100 Democrats sign letter calling for Stephen Miller to resign Steyer, Biden clash over climate credentials MORE (D-N.Y.) last year pushed back Friday against the idea that progressive candidates aren’t as electable as their more moderate counterparts.

“The Democrats of 2006 look a lot different than the Democrats right now, so even when you look at the Democrats of today, they’re a lot more progressive than in other cycles,” Justice Democrats executive director Alexandra Rojas told Hill.TV.

“There’s space being created to go bigger for all Democrats, regardless of how many people are in the House. It’s important to acknowledge that the general ecosystem of what’s possible has totally shifted, and that has benefited moderate and more progressive members,” she added later.

Rojas emphasized that progressive issues such as climate change and tax increases on the rich are now being touted by several prominent House lawmakers. This includes members of “The Squad” of progressive freshman congresswomen that includes Ocasio-Cortez as well as Democratic Reps. Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibPoll: Biden and Sanders tied nationally, followed by Warren More than 100 Democrats sign letter calling for Stephen Miller to resign Hillicon Valley: Progressives oppose funding bill over surveillance authority | Senators call for 5G security coordinator | Facebook gets questions over location tracking | Louisiana hit by ransomware attack MORE (Mich.), Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarPoll: Biden and Sanders tied nationally, followed by Warren More than 100 Democrats sign letter calling for Stephen Miller to resign Booker responds to Onion article mocking Buttigieg over stock photo MORE (Minn.) and Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyWarren speech in Georgia interrupted by pro-charter school protesters Poll: Biden and Sanders tied nationally, followed by Warren Ayanna Pressley introduces extensive criminal justice reform resolution MORE (Mass.).

“Taxing the rich and creating an economy that works for everybody” Rojas said. “Those are issues that are being championed by some of the most popular politicians right now — Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, Ilhan Omar and other Democrats.”

Rojas added that the group is optimistic about its chances in the 2020 elections. 

So far, the progressive organization has endorsed eight newcomers in districts across the country. The group has also backed seven incumbent Democrats, including Ocasio-Cortez and Pressley, as well as Rep. Ro KhannaRohit (Ro) KhannaSanders doubles down on Bolivia 'coup,' few follow suit Democratic lawmaker: It 'defies logic' for Trump to push Ukraine to investigate Biden Overnight Health Care: CDC links vitamin E oil to vaping illnesses | White House calls Pelosi drug price plan 'unworkable' | Dem offers bill for state-based 'Medicare for All' MORE (D-Calif.), vice chairman of the Congressional Progressive Caucus.

Rojas said the group’s strategy for the 2020 elections is "part art and part science," adding that its nomination process that allows communities to choose whom they think would best represent them.

“It’s always important to remember what we’re fighting for,” she told Hill.TV. “At the end of the day, yes we’re challenging corporate Democrats — folks that deserve to be challenged — but we’re also electing champions of their communities.”

Rojas's comments come as progressive heavyweights Sens. Bernie SandersBernie SandersKamala Harris receives new Iowa endorsements after debate performance Wasserman Schultz makes bid for House Appropriations Committee gavel Overnight Health Care: Crunch time for Congress on surprise medical bills | CDC confirms 47 vaping-related deaths | Massachusetts passes flavored tobacco, vaping products ban MORE (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenKamala Harris receives new Iowa endorsements after debate performance Warren speech in Georgia interrupted by pro-charter school protesters Hillicon Valley: Senators ask Trump to halt Huawei licenses | Warren criticizes Zuckerberg over secret dinner with Trump | Senior DHS cyber official to leave | Dems offer bill on Libra oversight MORE (D-Mass.) continue to hold onto the top spots in the 2020 Democratic presidential primary, increasingly threatening national front-runner former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenKamala Harris receives new Iowa endorsements after debate performance Watergate prosecutor says that Sondland testimony was 'tipping point' for Trump Overnight Defense — Presented by Boeing — Deal on defense bill proves elusive | Hill, Holmes offer damaging testimony | Trump vows to block Navy from ousting officer from SEALs MORE.

—Tess Bonn