Progressive Dem lays into party over new policy: I'm really disappointed

Rep. Pramila JayapalPramila JayapalHouse to investigate Trump 'Remain in Mexico' policy Democrats don't expect to do 2020 budget House to vote Thursday on war powers resolution after Iran attacks MORE (D-Wash.), the co-chair of the House Progressive Caucus, slammed the Democratic Party on Thursday over a policy intended to protect incumbents from challengers.

“It is not playing games for the Democratic party to be inclusive of all its members perspectives. I have refrained from commenting publicly on this issue until now, but I am extremely disappointed that there is no movement on this issue,” Jayapal tweeted.

“We will continue to push for our voice to be recognized.”

The policy, first implemented last month, mandates that the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) not work with or recommend in the future any polling and consulting firm that works on a primary campaign against an incumbent. The effort seeks to starve a short but growing list of primary hopefuls of the assistance of top-tier firms.

"I would prefer that, as far as Democrats go, that we just work together, and we make sure that our colleagues can come back, and that we do what we can to pick up additional seats," Rep. Cheri BustosCheryl (Cheri) Lea BustosThe Hill's Campaign Report: Sanders, Warren feud rattles Democrats House Democrats launch effort to register minority voters in key districts Ocasio-Cortez defends decision not to pay dues to House Democratic campaign arm MORE (D-Ill.), who leads the DCCC, told The Hill last month. 

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The DCCC’s concerns over progressive primary upsets were sparked last year after Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezAyanna Pressley's 'squad' of congresswomen offers support after she opens up about alopecia Here are the 10 senators who voted against Trump's North American trade deal Artist paints Michelle Obama, other women as battered in campaign against domestic violence MORE (D-N.Y.) unseated 10-term Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-N.Y.), who was once viewed as a future Speaker. Rep. Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyAyanna Pressley's 'squad' of congresswomen offers support after she opens up about alopecia Ayanna Pressley opens up about having alopecia for first time, reveals bald head in interview Congressional Progressive Caucus co-chair endorses Sanders MORE (D-Mass.), another progressive firebrand, also ousted Rep. Michael CapuanoMichael (Mike) Everett CapuanoInside the progressive hunt for vulnerable House Democrats Progressive mayor launches primary challenge to top Ways and Means Democrat Ex-GOP Rep. Roskam joins lobbying firm MORE (D-Mass.) in a primary last year.

The progressive backers of politicians like Ocasio-Cortez and Pressley are known to be mulling primary challenges as they seek to flex their newfound political muscles. 

Progressives on Capitol Hill were quick to condemn the new DCCC policy, saying it amounted to a blacklist.

“"The @DCCC’s new rule to blacklist+boycott anyone who does business w/ primary challengers is extremely divisive & harmful to the party," Ocasio-Cortez tweeted Saturday. "My recommendation, if you’re a small-dollar donor: pause your donations to DCCC & give directly to swing candidates instead."

"If the DCCC enacts this policy to blacklist vendors who work with challengers, we risk undermining an entire universe of potential candidates and vendors - especially women and people of color - whose ideas, energy, and innovation need a place in our party," Pressley added.