Democrat Lawmaker 'Embarrassed That DCCC' Is Boosting GOP Candidates Perceived to Be Weak Opponents for Dems

Susan Jones
| August 23, 2022 | 6:42am EDT
Rep. Ro Khanna, Democrat of California (Photo by SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images)

( - Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-N.Y.), head of the Democrat Congressional Campaign Committee, told NBC's "Meet the Press" on Sunday that his job is "to win elections for the Democrats," even if that means supporting pro-Trump Republican candidates perceived to be weak opponents for Democrat candidates.

"The moral imperative is keeping the gavel out of the hands of Kevin McCarthy," Maloney told Chuck Todd.

But a number of Democrats oppose what the DCCC did in Michigan -- running ads to promote Trump-endorsed John Gibbs over Republican incumbent Peter Meijer, who voted to impeach Trump. Gibbs won the Republican primary.

Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.) is among the Democrats who oppose the DCCC's attempt to advantage Democrats by boosting Republicans perceived to be the weakest opponents.

"Do you agree with those tactics? Do you support them?" CNN's Poppy Harlow asked Khanna on Monday:

"I totally reject them," Khanna said.

"I think they're abominable tactics. First of all, we should not be interfering in other primaries to try to pick more extreme candidates. I mean what this country needs is for us to get together, come together and have people who want to work to solve problems.

"Second of all, be careful what you wish for. Remember the time where the whole Democratic Party was cheering for Donald Trump to become the nominee in 2016. How did that work out? So it may also not be tactically smart.

"But this is what drives cynicism in politics. This is why 58 percent of Americans think our best days are behind us. This is why 70 some percent think we're on the wrong track. We should totally reject that and I - frankly, I'm embarrassed that the DCCC is doing that."

"Wow," Harlow followed up. "All right. Well, we appreciate your candor this morning."

Khanna also urged "transparency" regarding the FBI search of former President Donald Trump's Palm Beach estate:

"And there is an obligation to get all of the information out there that they can when you have a former president involved. And so my view is, get it out there. Get out there why this took place. Let's make sure that all the facts are out there.

"I have confidence that Attorney General Garland wouldn't have taken a step like this if he didn't think it was absolutely necessary. He understands the stakes. But I'm always for transparency. And if there are doubts that can be quelled, let's have everything get out there."

Khanna noted, "It seems like the Florida judge agrees with my perspective, and that's why he's called for a partial release. Don't release sensitive information. Don't release information about particular law enforcement individuals who work there because that could put them in danger. But get as much out there as possible."