Thanks, but no thanks.
Democrats in a tough election this year are feeling uneasy about the controversial Lincoln Project, which has heralded a series of hot races it plans to fit into.
“This year, the vast authoritarian movement running through the Republican Party puts the very existence of democracy on the ballot,” the organization said in a vociferous May 5 press release. “To defeat this threat, The Lincoln Project has announced the races most crucial to the survival of democracy in the United States.”
The statement was accompanied by a map of 2022 goals, which included the governor’s races in Florida, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Georgia and Arizona; Senate openings in Ohio, New Hampshire and Nevada; and a large number of the most vulnerable members of the House of Democrats.
“Pls no,” tweeted Izzi Levy, spokesperson for Democrat Tim Ryan, who is running for the Ohio Senate against GOP nominee JD Vance.
“The first rule of campaigning is do no harm and that’s what every outside organization should be about and the Lincoln Project is epically failing in that mission,” a senior Democratic House official said. , adding that the group had little to offer other than cheering up Twitter activists. .
The Lincoln Project, a political action committee formed in 2019 by former Republicans who hate Trump, became popular with ‘resistance’ Democrats in the 2020 election for their bare-knuckle video ads that often went viral .
The band’s fortunes soured after John Weaver, one of their founding members, was kicked out when he was arrested for allegedly having sex with young men and sexual harassment. The PAC hired the law firm Paul Hastings LLP to conduct a review which found “no evidence that anyone at the Lincoln Project knew of inappropriate communications with minors at any time prior to the publication of these reports”. Critics called it whitewashing.
The Lincoln Project found itself in more hot water in Virginia’s 2021 gubernatorial race after it admitted to staging a fake white supremacist rally in an effort to smear GOP nominee Glenn Youngkin. The plan backfired and Youngkin was elected.
With Democratic control of the House hanging by a thread, the Lincoln Project hopes to return to Virginia on behalf of two of the party’s most beleaguered incumbents. Representatives Elaine Luria and Abigail Spanberger.
“We have received no contact and will continue to run a race on the issues most important to coastal Virginians.” Luria’s campaign manager, Katharine Fegley, told The Post regarding the Lincoln project.
“My message to them – if I was Spanberger or Luria – is please send money but stay busy elsewhere,” University of Virginia political scientist Larry Sabato said, adding that the two races were very competitive and that the presence of the controversial PAC was “probably unnecessary”
“Sending people out with Tiki torches was a bad idea and it would be a worse idea this year,” Sabato said.
The Lincoln Project did not respond to request for comment.