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Vulnerable Democrats Attempt an About Face on Crime – But Is It Too Late?

AMAC Exclusive – By Shane Harris

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Late last week, in a highly unusual move, a group of 30 “moderate” House Democrats penned a letter to Democratic leadership urging them to bring forward several pieces of legislation that would increase funding for law enforcement “no later than when Congress returns from the July 4 district work period.” The letter threatens to further fracture an already deeply divided Democratic caucus, and is the clearest sign yet from these swing district Democrats of just how vulnerable they believe they are this fall as crime remains a top concern for voters.

Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-NJ), a top Republican target this fall, organized the letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-SC) and House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) which was signed by other vulnerable Democrats like Abigail Spanberger of Virginia, Chris Pappas of New Hampshire, and Cindy Axne of Iowa. Specifically, the group is demanding a floor vote on four pieces of legislation that would boost funding for equipment and training for law enforcement, as well as enable local police departments to hire more officers in the wake of a drastic shortage of police in many American cities.

“As we have over the last two years, we continue to hear from our constituents who are extremely concerned about the rising level of crime in the country,” the letter reads. “There are a number of bipartisan bills supporting increased resources for police departments and officers that we believe should be considered as standalone legislation by the House.”

The group of letter signers takes aim at the House Judiciary Committee specifically, writing that the Committee “has made clear to several members that it has no intention of bringing any law enforcement bills through the markup process.” Notably, the Judiciary Committee is chaired by high-profile Rep. Jerry Nadler of New York and includes Congressional Progressive Caucus Chair Pramila Jayapal – one of the most ardent supporters of the far-left push to “reimagine” policing. “Therefore,” the letter continues, “we implore you [House Democratic leadership] to please use your power to bring these bills to the floor for up or down votes… so that every member can be on the record and their constituents can know where they stand.”

Such hostile rhetoric threatens to open up yet another fault line within the Democratic caucus as the party’s prospects for November look more and more dire. Moreover, the letter makes clear that this group of Democrats understands the lasting political harm that progressives’ support for the “Defund the Police” movement and push for radical criminal justice “reform” has had on the Democratic brand, particularly as crime rates continue to spike throughout the country.

However, while the group of Democrats who signed on to the letter are clearly hoping to appear as though they are concerned about rising crime, they also run the risk of coming across as though they are only concerned about crime because they have a tough re-election battle looming. After all, many of these same Democrats stayed largely silent for the past two years as the progressive left waged an all-out crusade on law and order. Now, an attempt by those same Democrats to boost funding for police may seem to be nothing more than an eleventh-hour attempt to solve a problem that they themselves created – a ploy that is unlikely to fool many voters.

It also remains to be seen if anything will come of the letter’s demands. As evidenced by a range of examples, from the infrastructure bill to efforts to pass a China competition bill, Congressional progressives are not afraid to torpedo bipartisan legislative efforts if they run too far afoul of progressive orthodoxy. Disdain for law enforcement remains a core tenet of progressivism, and radicals like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Pramila Jayapal (D-WA), and Cori Bush (D-MO) have shown no intention of softening on the issue simply for the sake of helping endangered incumbents remain in office.

Moreover, even if House Democratic Leadership does bring law enforcement funding bills to the floor, and even if Pelosi can keep House progressives in line and pass the legislation, that still won’t do much to change the widespread and growing public perception that Democrats are soft on crime. After years of undermining the ability of police to do their job, Democrats are unlikely to be able to simply flip a switch four months before an election and erase their woeful record on public safety. 

Finally beginning to address the crime problem also won’t do anything to alleviate the slew of other crises that Americans are facing thanks to failed Democrat policies. For example, while increasing the number of police officers and providing for more police training and equipment is a good start toward restoring law and order, it must also be coupled with a commitment to stopping the flow of drugs and crime coming across the Southern border – something even moderate Democrats have been unwilling to push for. And of course, even if Democrats could magically stop all crime by November, that still wouldn’t do anything to alleviate record-high inflation and gas prices eating into the savings of American families.

This latest attempt by vulnerable Democrats to boost their moderate credentials ahead of the midterms may thus ultimately prove to be just another doomed attempt to convince voters to forget the record of failure and radicalism that has defined Democrats’ reign over the past two years.

Shane Harris is a writer and political consultant from Southwest Ohio. You can follow him on Twitter @Shane_Harris_


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Hal
5 months ago

Hmmm!!! I wonder if anyone is thinking in terms of lowering or defunding the law-making personnel in government. More likely you will see a frog swallow a whale!!! Again …. Constitutional Amendments to apply term limits fo Congresspersons and Cabinet level heads (e.g., FBI, IRS, CIA, etc. heads). It does seem that the politicos lean much more towards taking care of their personal and party welfare than they do about producing sound laws that fit with the rights and welfare of the citizenry … especially so in the DemocRat Party. But a balance budget amendment is also needed, but it will never happen if the politicos have control of producing such an amendment.

Rich
5 months ago

Democrats and many politicians are like silly putty. They can conform to any shape that they are pressed into but nothing ever changes their basic composition. The same folks that voted for many of the issues that now may sink them, are now magically against those same issues. Hypocritical wavering. Once they get re-elected we see their true form again.

Hal
5 months ago
Reply to  Rich

Term limits is the only pragmatic way to trim the self-serving underlying performance of many if not most politicos.

Lee S McQuillen
5 months ago

Not going to be much help if they do pass. If there are few or no prosecutions, what’s the point in better training, etc., police. Start where the problem starts – DA’s who won’t prosecute and no bail required measures (unless you’re in jail because of January 6th, of course – no bail allowed – stay in jail).

Willy
5 months ago

These crooks are liars and thieves, are we foolish enough to believe them now? Totally destroy them in November, impeach and fire the rest.

Garye
5 months ago
Reply to  Willy

Keep preaching Willy, you’ve got the perfect message that hopefully gets Real Citizens to act in 2022 and 2024!
ENOUGH of the failed marxist democrat party and the lying rinos who are to cowardly to stand up to their destruction of OUR Country!

Robert Zuccaro
5 months ago

My biggest concern this July 4th is if I’m going to save another 16 cents on hot dogs this year and what to do with all that extra money. You’re more than we deserve, Joe!

Garye
5 months ago
Reply to  Robert Zuccaro

Lol…….or 3 cents a gallon in gas, compliments of failed marxist governor half- whit whitmer inMichigan!
The democrats are pathetic,immoral failures who will do anything to divert attention from EVERY failure.
The economy, border, energy policy failure, crt,crime, runaway inflation, baby killing ( latest diversion ) , more failed President Trump lies, opioid and covid nursing home deaths, lockdown lies and failures, disastrous foreign policy, food and baby formula shortages,attempts to ease American history ,ILLEGAL prosecution of innocent Citizens,and whatever other MADE UP CRISIS to COVER UP THEIR FAILURES!
THROW THESE TRAITORS OUT.
Wake up America the marxist democrat party thinks they OWN you – who the hell do they think they are?
Show them REAL CITIZENS run AMERICA!
They are merely servants serving at the will of Citizens!

Voter Ann
5 months ago

Like everything else this radical party does , this is insane. Why try to up the funding for law enforcement while their own party leaders are out there daily inciting more vicious attacks (i.e.INSURRECTION) on pro-life clinics, individuals (including SC judges) and churches over the issue of abortion?! Are they all on drugs?! Or just plain demon-possessed?

Garye
5 months ago
Reply to  Voter Ann

OUT OF CONTROL marxist democrat party- THROW THEM OUT

Sean Richman
5 months ago

The democRATS care about nothing but wealth and power,only for them and them only.

John
5 months ago

Let them fail. Any one who is a Democrat should be removed from office for failing to Represent the people and to honor the Oath to protect and defend The Constitution. These Democrats hate the blessings God has bestowed upon them through this great Country the USA. They seek to destroy this beacon of Liberty because they hate it. They have no morals and have become an evil force in the world today. My respect for the Democrat Party is near zero. Hell awaits those who continue to support the evil Left.

Garye
5 months ago
Reply to  John

John,
Right you are!
The marxist democrat party and ALL their minions deserve to BE REMOVED!
Plain and simple,violate your oath to THE PEOPLE ( WHO YOU WORK FOR )
LOSE YOUR JOB!

Anthony
5 months ago

You can not trust these Democrats with anything. They have been trying to overthrow the Constitution and help with the downfall of America. It’s time to vote them all out. They have been lying to us about everything and keeping everyone on edge. Sort of a divide and conquer.

Garye
5 months ago
Reply to  Anthony

The marxist democrat party lies,lies,lies,lies and lies!
When they speak its a lie!
How many hoaxes,dishonest made up stories, caught in corrupt activities does it take until people open their eyes??
EVERYTHING , EVERY LIE about President Trump has been exposed and the marxist democrat party continues to WASTE millions of taxpayers dollars while doing NOTHING to advance AMERICA!
The democrats lie,destroy,cheat and steal from Real Citizens!
THROW ALL OF THEM OUT

James d
5 months ago

Phaq these MF-r’s

Blondie
5 months ago

Anyone with a D should take a hike, they always side with their hateful leader, until the election, and then all of an sudden they become concerned with their constituents. This party that has complete control, has in 18 months, shown the world how they feel about Americans, about the economy and about their loyalties to criminals and illegals. Vote them in again, expect more of the same.

Ellpout
5 months ago

Start by providing list of Democrats that went to Pedi island and go after the voter fraud in 2020.

Robert Zuccaro
5 months ago
Reply to  Ellpout

People voted for her even after the head of the FBI read off felony after felony for 20 minutes committed by Hillary so I wouldn’t hold my breath. Democrats rant about “white privilege” but epitomize it.

Garye
5 months ago
Reply to  Robert Zuccaro

A marxist democrat supporters staple is not having the ability to think, just blindly follow the lies and BS.
Seriously something wrong with anyone who can be used,deceived and still supports these LOSERS!

No Name
5 months ago

The damn Federal government should keep their G. D. hands off local affairs. If the Democrats choose to be without protection, Amen.

De
5 months ago
Reply to  No Name

They have protection supplied and paid for by the American people, they don’t want the people to have protection. SUPPORT THE 2ND AMMENDMENT!

Garye
5 months ago
Reply to  No Name

Oh yes, but they charge taxpayers for their protection??
Maybe we should take that away,bet they’d think differently. ????

Rick Lunn
5 months ago

Isn’t it just typical. Get close to an election and the libtards start moving to the center or right, just to get elected. And just as typical, there are a whole bunch of idiots out there that believe them.

Ellpout
5 months ago
Reply to  Rick Lunn

Truth!

Anthony
5 months ago
Reply to  Rick Lunn

Rick I agree that’s how they operate!

Will
5 months ago
Reply to  Rick Lunn

Amen to that

Garye
5 months ago
Reply to  Rick Lunn

Liars who care only about staying in office at the public trough!
THROW THEM OUT

MORRIS HOWELL
5 months ago

Could we please refer to the media as the Left Stream Media and the Right Stream Media. There is no Main Stream Media anymore. Main Stream would be balanced, telling both sides of the story. Even Public Radio and Public TV are Left Wing, there is no such thing as Main Stream Media, and we give the Left an advantage by calling it that.

Mario Capparuccini
5 months ago
Reply to  MORRIS HOWELL

I had never before heard this suggestion but you are right.

Garye
5 months ago
Reply to  MORRIS HOWELL

I’d give it 99% whacko,lying,self serving media!
An arm of the marxist democrat party propaganda machine!

johnh
5 months ago

White House must set an example that they will fight crime: The protesters at the homes of SCOTUS justices is breaking a federal law. Biden & AG Garland need to enforce the law & put these people in jail. House of Kavenaugh is a good example of how a deranged person came close to planning to shoot an justice & only stopped when he spotted guards in yard of that home.

De
5 months ago
Reply to  johnh

If the White House did that we would not have any politicians left in DC, they would all be in jail.

Garye
5 months ago
Reply to  De

Lol…..sadly so so true!

BAE
5 months ago

Sorry fools, your leader the destroyer President Joe Biden has made his lasting mark with his clueless administration brought down our economy, defunded the police, our safety, our fuel, etc. etc. etc.
How do you feel now?

Garye
5 months ago
Reply to  BAE

I feel we should THROW OUT EVERY marxist democrat party member, and EVERY dishonest rino who sides with them!
BYE – BYE LOSERS!

Garye
5 months ago

The marxist democrat party has been EXTREMELY WEAK on crime and has allowed rampant civil disobedience and destruction without doing a thing to stop it! The useless cowards let cities be burned, looting at will and violence against innocent Citizens.
NOW it’s time to own it and it’s 100% the failure of the marxist democrat party!!!
THROW THE FAILURES OUT!!!
They have been focused on destroying America and let criminals RUN WILD!
Time for them to be paid by REMOVAL from EVERY OFFICE.
Don’t let the door hit you in the as* !

Enuf Said
5 months ago

It doesn’t get any sorrier than an elected official from New Jersey. 27 Dim Wits voted against providing SCOTUS judges the security they needed after they INTERPRETED the Constitution- 7 of them from Jersey. The elected officials are not any sorrier than the no class idiots that elect them.

Garye
5 months ago
Reply to  Enuf Said

Just as bad in Michigan.
Half whit whitmer ,nessel and her ilk are biden apologists and care only about marxist democrat party politics!
Throw them OUT!

Sue
5 months ago

Sorry, dudes, but there is no forgetting that. If the afore-mentioned would have just remembered from the beginning that they were elected to serve the best interests of their constituents, NOT their party, they would be a lot better off right now.

Will
5 months ago
Reply to  Sue

That statement is spot on. And I second it.

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