October 26, 2016

Dems In Disarray: Reid and Schumer Fight Over Florida

With Election Day less than two weeks away, infighting within the Democratic Party leadership is the last thing they can afford. Yet a major conflict has broken out between Harry Reid and Chuck Schumer. The conflict is over the DSCC’s decision to cut millions from Florida, essentially abandoning Patrick Murphy:

“Tensions are flaring at the highest rungs of the Democratic Party over its decision to pull out of the Florida Senate race, with Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid and Florida donors pressing to go all out to unseat Marco Rubio in the final days of the campaign, but New York Sen. Chuck Schumer and the party’s Senate campaign arm arguing it’s not feasible because of budget constraints.”

The results of the DSCC’s cuts can been seen in the fact that Senator Rubio and Republicans are outspending Murphy by a 4-to-1 margin in Florida. Schumer’s decision to cut and run from Murphy has also engendered bitter feelings from some top Florida donors:

“Florida donors are increasingly displeased that their money is being shipped out of state to finance other Senate campaigns. Stephen Bittel, a top Florida fundraiser who has hosted Obama at his Miami home, called Schumer recently to complain about the DSCC backing away from Murphy.”

The Democratic infighting could not come at a worse time. Politico also reported yesterday that the Senate Leadership Fund is putting an additional $25 million into TV ads in Indiana, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania, yet not Florida. Coincidence?