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ICYMI: DCCC Executive Director Dan Sena named to Politico Playbook “18 to watch in 2018”

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The Politico Playbook Power List has named DCCC Executive Director Dan Sena as one of “18 to watch in 2018”.

Here’s a look at what Dan had to say about the 2018 midterms…

 

Dan Sena
Executive Director, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee

Dan Sena is ready for battle.

The executive director of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is hoping to ride a wave of Democratic fury to recapture the majority in the House for the first time since the 2010 elections.

So far, the DCCC has announced an expansive battleground, marking 91 Republican-held districts as potential targets.

“I think 2018 is filled with opportunities for the Democratic Party,” Sena said in an interview with Playbook at his office at the DCCC’s headquarters. “I think we have a desire to really build the largest battlefield this place has had in a decade.”

And so far, hopeful House Democrats have looked like they are up to the challenge. At least 162 Democrats in open or Republican-incumbent districts have raised at least $100,000, as of the most recent Federal Election Commission filing deadline. On top of that, nearly three dozen House Republicans were outraised by Democratic challengers in the third quarter of this year.

The DCCC itself has also seen a surge, nearly tripling new donors to 250,000 since the beginning of the year.

Sena is also revisiting how — and whom — the Democratic Party is recruiting to run for the House. He said the national organization is working with grass-roots activists at the district level instead of taking a top-down approach directed by the national office to find the best match.

[…] “There’s a new breed of patriot that is sort of emerging out of the Democratic Party,” Sena said. “Part of that has been because it was inspired naturally, part of it has been intentional. … When you have people who look like their districts, feel like their districts and have served their country or served their community in some way, you immediately begin in a place where those voters are going to be closer to you, they’re going to be more likely to listen to you.”

Sena and the DCCC will be playing offense this cycle, ramping up pressure on his Republican counterparts.

“We’re going to make them have to fight for every goddamn inch. Every single inch,” he said. “They will have to pick who they invest in and who they don’t invest in. They’ll going to have to pick which members they let go, which they don’t let go.”

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