“Former Democratic leaders blast party’s ‘risky and unethical’ meddling in GOP primaries”


About three dozen former Democratic House and Senate members have signed on to an open letter blistering national Democrats for their meddling in this year’s Republican primaries, often to the benefit of pro-Donald Trump hard-liners.

The letter, shared first with POLITICO, is the latest in growing backlash against the controversial practice, in which Democrats have been elevating far-right Republicans they believe will be easier to defeat in the fall.

“As former members of Congress and the Cabinet, we oppose any practice that intentionally elevates election deniers,” the letter reads. “And as members of the Democratic Party, we are dismayed by the recent practice of Democratic organizations intervening in Republican primaries to promote candidates who deny the outcome of the last presidential election.”

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