Sanders: DCCC primary attacks on other Dems ‘not acceptable’

Sanders: DCCC primary attacks on other Dems ‘not acceptable’
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Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersCory Booker has a problem in 2020: Kamala Harris Wage growth shaping up as key 2020 factor for Trump Booker to supporter who wanted him to punch Trump: 'Black guys like us, we don't get away with that' MORE (I-Vt.) said on Wednesday that the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's attacks on a progressive House candidate in Texas were "appalling" and "unacceptable."

"What these organizations should not be doing is doing negative attacks on Democratic candidates," Sanders told The Associated Press in an interview.

"That just continues the process of debasing the Democratic system in this country and is why so many people are disgusted with politics."

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Sanders comments came in reference to the DCCC's decision to publish opposition research against Democrat Laura Moser ahead of the March 6 congressional primary for Texas' 7th district.

Moser, an activist endorsed by Sanders' group Our Revolution, will now head to a runoff election against Democrat Lizzie Pannill Fletcher in May. Neither candidate received a majority of the vote in the Tuesday primary.

The winner of the runoff will face Rep. John CulbersonJohn Abney Culberson20 years after Columbine, Dems bullish on gun reform The Hill's Morning Report - Dems debate if Biden's conduct with women disqualifying Ex-GOP lawmaker joins lobbying firm MORE (R-Texas) in the November general election.

The DCCC attacked Moser last month as a Washington insider, who only moved to back to her home state of Texas recently to run for Congress.

Sanders, a progressive who ran a competitive presidential primary race against Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonThorny part of obstruction of justice is proving intent, that's a job for Congress Nadler: I don't understand why Mueller didn't charge Donald Trump Jr., others in Trump Tower meeting Kellyanne Conway: Mueller didn't need to use the word 'exoneration' in report MORE in 2016, has been endorsing candidates across the country amid a Democratic push to win control of the House.

In the 2016 Democratic Primary, Sanders himself faced battling for a party nomination while the party actively worked against him.

Leaked emails from top Democratic National Committee officials in 2016 showed that party leaders had sought to help Clinton clinch the presidential nomination over the Vermont senator. These revelations prompted outrage among the party's progressive wing.

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