by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
Joe Schoffstall of the Washington Free Beacon highlights 22 Democratic congressional candidates who have taken campaign money from House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi while trying to distance themselves from her.
More than 20 Democratic candidates who have come out against, or dodged questions about whether they would vote for, Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) for speaker if Democrats were to regain control of the House this fall have accepted cash from Pelosi’s leadership PAC and campaign committee, according to a review of Federal Election Commission filings.
Pelosi has an approval rating hovering in the high 20s. Her low approval rating and high name recognition have led Republicans around the country to tie Democratic candidates to the unpopular minority leader.
As of Aug. 10, NBC News compiled a list of 57 Democratic candidates who have come out against Pelosi for speaker with around 40 remaining non-committal on whether they would vote for Pelosi.
Using NBC’s list of candidates, the Washington Free Beacon has identified 22 Democrats who have either said they do not support Pelosi for speaker or publicly evaded answering the question outright yet nevertheless accepted cash to their campaign committees from PAC to the Future (Pelosi’s leadership PAC) or Nancy Pelosi for Congress (her campaign committee) or both.
No N.C. candidates appear on the list.