Pro­gres­sives tar­get Democrats’ meet­ings

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS - — Va­lerie Richard­son

Those rowdy pro­gres­sives shout­ing down Repub­li­cans at town-hall meet­ings are start­ing to train their sights on es­tab­lish­ment Democrats.

Sen. Dianne Fe­in­stein, Cal­i­for­nia Demo­crat, was booed when she re­fused to de­nounce U.S. airstrikes on Syria or en­dorse a sin­gle-payer health-care sys­tem at a public meet­ing Mon­day in San Francisco.

“If you don’t like me, don’t stay. That’s easy,” Ms. Fe­in­stein told the crowd.

The au­di­ence of sev­eral hun­dred waved printed cards from In­di­vis­i­ble SF with the mes­sages “Agree” and “Dis­agree,” which have also be­come com­mon at Repub­li­can town halls.

The same day, Demo­cratic Na­tional Com­mit­tee Chair­man Tom Perez was met with scorn dur­ing a stop on the party’s unity tour in Port­land, Maine.

The au­di­ence booed af­ter a Maine Young Democrats leader asked why those in at­ten­dance were there, say­ing “maybe you came though be­cause you’re cu­ri­ous about the new DNC chair­man and the fu­ture of the Demo­cratic Party.”

The crowd had pre­vi­ously cheered and chanted “Bernie” at the men­tion of Ver­mont Sen. Bernard San­ders, the pro­gres­sive hero who ran un­suc­cess­fully in the 2016 Demo­cratic pres­i­den­tial pri­mary, who also spoke at the meet­ing.

At a press con­fer­ence out­side the Fe­in­stein event, pro­gres­sives called for her to step aside in­stead of run­ning for re-elec­tion in 2018.

Ben Becker said vot­ers are “ab­so­lutely p---ed off at Dianne Fe­in­stein over her seven votes in fa­vor of Trump nom­i­nees, over her com­ments for say­ing Neil Gor­such for the Supreme Court was, quote, im­pres­sive.”

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