With an eye to next year’s election, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) soon plans to hire roughly 60 organizers in communities around the nation, including the suburbs of Las Vegas, to lay a foundation and defend and increase the Democratic majority in the House.
The hires are the first step of what the group described as a “multi-million dollar” national campaign titled March Forward and represent the group’s first major investment of the 2020 election cycle.
The DCCC, which is the House Democrats’ campaign arm, did not provide any specifics about which Las Vegas suburbs would get organizers, or how much would be spent in Nevada to hire them. Known as March Forward field managers, the hires will be trained in communications, digital, research and field tactics so they can execute a modern campaign strategy.
“[W]e are launching March Forward to put boots on the ground in dozens of communities across America,” said DCCC Chairwoman Rep. Cheri Bustos.
The National Republican Congressional Committee, which is focused on regaining the majority in the House, dismissed the DCCC effort and likened the organizers to paid protesters.
“If anyone had any doubt the Democratic Party has become a socialist mob, look no further than the DCCC’s 2020 strategy – paid protesters,” said NRCC spokeswoman Torunn Sinclair.
Announcement of the campaign comes after Democratic Reps. Susie Lee and Steven Horsford were named to the DCCC’s Frontline program, which is designed to defend members in competitive districts.
Under Frontline, Lee and Horsford, who represent Nevada’s 3rd and 4th Congressional Districts, respectively, receive fundraising and structural support in their re-election campaigns. Lee is in her first term and hails from a district that sees an uptick in GOP voters, compared to Democrats, in presidential election years. Horsford regained his seat in the 2018 midterm election after losing it in the 2014 midterm.
Updated at 10:45 a.m. to include remarks from National Republican Congressional Committee spokeswomen Torunn Sinclair.