Democrats Say It’s Hard Being a Moderate

Former Democratic congressmen say getting re-elected is difficult for centrists.

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Centrist Democrats know what it feels like to be Rodney Dangerfield. Three moderates bumped off in the 2010 elections told a conference last week that moderates get no respect. Former New York Rep. Dan Maffei, who lost to Tea Partyer Ann Marie Buerkle, says getting re-elected is hard for centrists since the money is going to liberals and conservatives. Former Virginia Rep. Glenn Nye adds, “We are always the ones who are going to be more vulnerable in elections.” And former Alabama Rep. Artur Davis, who didn’t make it through the Democratic primary for governor, blames nationalized politics. “Now, voters are drawing conclusions based on what they think about national issues. It’s damaging moderates.”


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