by Laura Barrón-López Nov 28, 2017 If Democrats are going to methodically choose the candidates most likely to win, the price may be that there are loud complaints from various segments of the party. (Illustration by Nate Beeler for the Washington Examiner)
At first, Jean Stothert had what seemed to be an insurmountable lead over Heath Mello in the race for mayor of Omaha, Neb. Stothert was popular, Omaha was doing well, and the state is deeply red. Not to mention, it was an off-year municipal election.
So, when Mello came within striking distance of Stothert in the primary, it surprised everyone. The state may be red, but Hillary Clinton took Omaha by 2.3 points. Mello's pitch to be a consensus candidate who would work across the aisle for working families resonated.
That was until Tom Perez, chairman of the Democratic National Committee, stepped in.
Mello didn’t hide his pro-life record, and he wasn’t new to public life, having served in the Nebraska Legislature for eight years. But when national groups discovered his anti-abortion voting record after the primary, there was an eruption of misinformation, confusion, and anger. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and the DNC came under fire for embracing Mello when NARAL Pro-Choice America and the Daily Kos sounded the alarm over the candidate’s support of legislation that “would require women seeking an abortion to undergo an ultrasound.” The bill didn’t actually do that. The legislation Mello backed instead required women to be informed by their doctor that they could see an ultrasound before having an abortion.......To Read More....