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Dems Turn On Anti-Trump Journalist Running For Congress

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Thomas Phippen Associate Editor
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Former journalist and anti-Trump activist Laura Moser is facing the toughest opposition to her congressional race from her own party.

As early voting for Texas’s March 6 primary began Thursday, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) publicly opposed Moser, who is seeking the nomination to run against incumbent Republican Rep. John Culberson, The Texas Tribune reports.

The DCCC made the odd choice of intervening in a primary race with seven Democratic candidates to stress that Moser is a Washington insider who won’t help reshape politics.

The party even claimed that her campaign has paid nearly a sixth of the total money she’s raised to her husband’s consulting firm Revolution Messaging, a company that worked with former President Barack Obama.

Moser has branded herself as a member of the resistance against President Donald Trump since the 2016 election, founding Daily Action, a subsidiary of Creative Majority, a political action committee reportedly run by artists, musicians and celebrities.

“She is a Washington insider, who begrudgingly moved to Houston to run for Congress,” the DCCC wrote in a press release about Moser Thursday, the day early voting for the March 6 primary opened.

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“We’re used to tough talk here in Texas, but it’s disappointing to hear it from Washington operatives trying to tell Texans what to do. These kind of tactics are why people hate politics,” Moser said in a statement Thursday. “The days where party bosses picked the candidates in their smoke filled rooms are over. DC needs to let Houston vote.”

Moser’s anti-establishment message, however, is one of the areas that appears to irk the national party. The DCCC pointed out that Moser wrote in a 2014 Washingtonian article that she’d “sooner have my teeth pulled out without anesthesia” than live in Paris, Texas.

That article, which appeared in the November 2014 Washingtonian magazine, was a rant against people who complained about the high cost of living in D.C.  Moser argued that the opportunities that come with living in a big city are worth the cost, even though she could “live large in Paris, Texas” on her “pathetic writer’s salary.”

“Living in a city, especially one with as many big-money job possibilities as this one, comes with a heavy surcharge — that’s just the way it goes,” Moser wrote.

Moser’s problems don’t end with her national party’s opposition. The feminist group EMILY’s List supported former corporate lawyer Lizzie Pannill Fletcher over Moser. Actress Alyssa Milano, who will host an event for Moser Saturday, was disappointed by the group’s decision.

“I like EMILY’s List a lot but I feel like they missed the boat on this one,” Milano told The Intercept. “Laura is a proud progressive Democrat and her values are the values of the majority of the country, which is evident by the success of her grassroots campaign and her broad base of support.”

“Unfortunately, Laura Moser’s outright disgust for life in Texas disqualifies her as a general election candidate, and would rob voters of their opportunity to flip Texas’ 7th in November,” DCCC spokeswoman Meredith Kelly told The Texas Tribune.

Still, Democrats are hopeful about the 2018 midterms considering how many are voting in the primaries, especially in the 7th district, which Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton won in 2016.

“There is absolutely no doubt Texas Democrats are voting in force,” Texas Democratic Party Executive Director Crystal K. Perkins told The Dallas Observer Thursday. “Texans are fed up with Trump Republicans targeting our families, destroying our economic futures and sabotaging our health care.”

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