Jeffries: Shontel Brown win in Ohio proves anti-establishment line of attack is 'lame'

Jeffries: Shontel Brown win in Ohio proves anti-establishment line of attack is 'lame'
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Rep. Hakeem JeffriesHakeem Sekou JeffriesDemocrats see light at end of tunnel on Biden agenda Sinema in Arizona as Democrats try to get spending-infrastructure deal LIVE COVERAGE: Biden tries to unify divided House MORE (N.Y.), a member of the House Democratic leadership, pointed to a win this week by Shontel Brown in a special primary election for an Ohio congressional seat as evidence that voters have no appetite for attacks on establishment Democrats ahead of next year's midterm elections. 

“The extreme left is obsessed with talking trash about mainstream Democrats on Twitter, when the majority of the electorate constitute mainstream Democrats at the polls,” Jeffries told The New York Times. “In the post-Trump era, the anti-establishment line of attack is lame — when President BidenJoe BidenBiden: Democrats' spending plan is 'a bigger darn deal' than Obamacare Biden says he's open to altering, eliminating filibuster to advance voting rights Biden: Comment that DOJ should prosecute those who defy subpoenas 'not appropriate' MORE and Democratic legislators are delivering millions of good-paying jobs, the fastest-growing economy in 40 years and a massive child tax cut.”

Brown, a council member and local Democratic Party chair, had received support from establishment Democrats in Washington including Rep. James Clyburn (D-S.C.). 

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"I was going to stay right here in South Carolina minding my business until I got called stupid,” Clyburn told Axios this week of his decision to back Brown. 

Brown defeated progressive Nina Turner on Tuesday in the special Democratic primary election to replace former Rep. Marcia FudgeMarcia FudgeToomey takes aim at Schumer's spending windfall for NYC public housing Powell death leads to bipartisan outpouring of grief Ethics watchdog accuses Psaki of violating Hatch Act MORE (D), whom President Biden tapped for a Cabinet post. Turner, a former spokesperson for Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersBiden says expanding Medicare to include hearing, dental and vision a 'reach' Schumer endorses democratic socialist India Walton in Buffalo mayor's race On The Money — Sussing out what Sinema wants MORE's (I-Vt.) presidential campaign, had been backed by leading members of the progressive wing of the Democratic Party.

Jeffries said Brown's win should provide a sobering message to progressives looking to challenge the party's status quo moving forward. 

“Let me put it this way: The majority of Democratic voters recognize that Trumpism and the radical right is the real enemy, not us,” Jeffries said. “Apparently the extreme left hasn’t figured that out.”