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Rep.  Jason Crow, D-Colo., cited Democrat meddling in GOP primaries "a terrible idea."

FIRST ON FOX: A Democratic candidate for the United States House of Representatives in New York “DC Democratic Establishment” about their “out of touch” talking points.

Josh Riley, a lawyer and former Capitol Hill staffer on the run from… New York’s 19th Districtcriticized the “talking points” coming out of the Democratic Party leadership in Washington as “get out of hand,” noting that he would “lose all credibility” if he repeated them to voters.

“Yeah, I gotta be honest, folks. A lot is really bad right now. I don’t know if I should say that, but it’s… DC’s Democratic establishment isn’t doing any favours,’ Riley said.

“The conversation topics coming out of Washington from the Democratic Party are so very far removed from the conversations we all have with each other in this community,” the New York Democrat continued in the video obtained exclusively by Fox News Digital.


DCCC Chairman Representative Sean Patrick Maloney, DN.Y., has been criticized by his party for meddling in the GOP primaries.
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“You get talking points from the Democratic establishment in Washington to tell people that the economy is great. “Go tell people that jobs are booming and that Joe Biden is the best jobs president ever,” is what they tell you to say,” Riley said.

Riley said that “the reality is” that if he “showed up and said,” said talking points in the conversations he’s had with “people around the kitchen table,” he would “lose all credibility.”

“They would think I was crazy,” Riley added, as the midterm elections approached.

Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) chairman, Representative Sean Patrick Maloney, is pushing a story that the candidate says does not seem to match reality.

Inflation reached 9.1% last month and the most recent economic data officially showed a second consecutive contraction, officially sending the US into recession — much to the chagrin of a White House trying to change the definition of what a recession is.

Maloney, of New York, has pushed Democratic claims that the economy is actually doing well in the face of rising inflation rates and a recession.

Even in light of these numbers, Maloney — whose leadership in his party has been questioned amid his potential re-election battle against a freshman lawmaker — bragged about giving his talking points to the party’s “frontliners.”

“The frontliners that remain, the members of Congress I’m now defending, they’ve been battle-tested, they’re doing their job, they’re getting their votes right, and they’re bringing home a landmark infrastructure bill, a bailout that will destroy the U.S. economy. and saved millions of small businesses, community projects that fund important local priorities, and their own legislation that has been prioritized by our majority,” Maloney said in an interview last month.

“So they have a lot to talk about, and they outperform the president in most cases by double digits,” he added.

Maloney was also criticized by several of his fellow House Democrats for meddling in the Republican primary races rather than investing in the races of incumbent leaders who are facing some of their toughest elections.

Rep. Jason Crow, D-Colo., called the Democrat meddling in the GOP primaries “a terrible idea.”
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Vulnerable Michigan Democrat Elissa Slotkin called Maloney’s meddling in the GOP primaries “strange decision-making” and said she “let them know.”

Slotkin’s fellow vulnerable Democrat Tom Malinowski of New Jersey called Maloney’s decision-making “wrong” and Florida Democratic Representative Stephanie Murphy said no “race is worth jeopardizing your values ​​in that way.”

Representative Jason Crow, D-Colo., called Maloney’s meddling “a terrible idea.”

“It’s very dangerous, I think, in this environment to support candidates in that way,” Crow said.

“Of course it can backfire. And that’s part of the reason I don’t think it’s a good idea,” Crow continued. “Not only does I think it sends the wrong message, but it’s also pretty risky.”

“It’s dishonorable, and it’s dangerous, and it’s just damn wrong,” said Rep. Dean Phillip, D-Minn., v Politico. The congressman added that the party is accelerating the departure of the “truly honorable and courageous Republicans” like Rep. Peter Meijer, R-Mich., who lost his primaries last night.

Meijer was defeated by challenger John Gibbs, a housing and urban development official in the Trump administration who was backed by former President Trump.

The DCCC spent $425,000 on an ad encouraging Gibbs in the Grand Rapids, Michigan area. The Democratic Governors Association has spent millions encouraging Republican candidates like Dan Coxthe GOP governor candidate in Maryland.

Rep.  Dean Phillips, D-Minn., criticized Maloney for meddling in the Republican primaries.

Rep. Dean Phillips, D-Minn., criticized Maloney for meddling in the Republican primaries.
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The congressman called the DCCC spending on Gibbs “political jiu-jitsu” and said Democrats were “subsidizing” his opponent’s campaign.


“The DCCC’s ad buy-in was more than Gibbs had raised for the entire duration of his campaign,” Meijer wrote in a section of the “Common Sense” substack. “In other words, the Democrats aren’t just trying to boost a candidate across the finish line: they’re subsidizing his entire campaign.”

Maloney was also hit by the Democratic progressives for the lack of spending behind their candidates, such as in the wafer-thin primaries between incumbent Texas Democrat Rep. Henry Cuellar and his progressive challenger Jessica Cisneros.

Riley’s comments may resonate with voters in the Democratic toss-up district as the more moderate voter base weathers skyrocketing inflation and gas prices.


However, since the district is a battleground in a year expected to favor Republicans, sweet words may not be enough to get Riley across the finish line.

The Democratic National Committee and DCCC did not immediately respond to Fox News Digital’s request for comment.

Hanna Panreck of Fox News Digital contributed to the report.

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