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

Rep. Pramila JayapalPramila JayapalHouse Democrats delete tweets attacking each other, pledge to unify House approves bill raising minimum wage to per hour Progressive House Democrats describe minimum wage hike as feminist issue in Teen Vogue column 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 BustosHouse Democrats' campaign arm raises over million in second quarter Lawmakers join Nats Park fundraiser for DC kids charity Democratic leaders seek balance amid liberal push to go big on immigration 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-CortezIllinois GOP group shares, then deletes meme labeling minority congresswomen 'Jihad Squad' Trump's calculated climate of fear Two Democrats vow to press forward on Trump impeachment MORE (D-N.Y.) unseated 10-term Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-N.Y.), who was once viewed as a future Speaker. Rep. Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyTrump attacks 'the Squad' as 'racist group of troublemakers' Rep. Haaland says Trump's go-back remarks 'perplexing and wrongheaded' to Native Americans Trump blasts 'bonkers' media spewing 'Radical Left Democrat views' MORE (D-Mass.), another progressive firebrand, also ousted Rep. Michael CapuanoMichael (Mike) Everett CapuanoProgressive mayor launches primary challenge to top Ways and Means Democrat Ex-GOP Rep. Roskam joins lobbying firm Progressives face steep odds in ousting incumbent Democrats 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.