Prominent Democrat Makes Major Announcement Ahead of 2018 Midterm Elections


Democrats are gearing up for the 2018 midterm elections in strong hopes of regaining control of both chambers. Now is the time for them to make a huge push to get out the vote especially with millennial voters. Democrats have a large chance to push back Trump’s policies and even proceed with impeachment.

On Monday, billionaire Tom Steyer announced that he will not be running for office in 2018, but will instead donate $30 million to winning control of the House. According to CNN:

‘Steyer is pumping the money into his NextGen America group’s youth program, which is aimed at organizing and turning out millennial voters.
‘Steyer said he is also “doubling” his push for President Donald Trump’s impeachment, which he has already backed with a $20 million national advertising campaign. That campaign, called “Need to Impeach,” has helped Steyer build a massive email list.’
WASHINGTON, DC – JANUARY 08: Hedge fund billionaire, Democratic mega-donor and environmentalist Tom Steyer silences his mobile device during a news conference regarding his political future and plans January 8, 2018 in Washington, DC. A leader in the effort to impeach President Donald Trump, Steyer announced that he will target prominent incumbent Republicans, including Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI), in $30 million midterms push. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Before Steyer made his announcement, many people were expecting him to announce a 2018 run for Senate or governor in California, or possibly even a 2020 presidential bid. Steyer said:
‘I’m not going to run for office in 2018. That’s not where I can make the biggest difference.’
CNN reports:
‘Steyer said his House efforts will focus on 10 states: Arizona, California, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, Nevada, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin.
‘He pointed to three Republican targets: House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, Rep. Darrell Issa of California and Rep. Barbara Comstock of Virginia.’
During the 2016 campaign, Steyer spent nearly 100 million dollars on organizing efforts, but Republicans still won control of the House and Senate. Steyer said in an interview before a news conference in downtown D.C.:
‘People have been asking me for 12 months and five days what I’m going to run for. I’m not going to run for anything. I’ve said all along, the question I always ask is: Where can I make the most differential impact? And when I look at jobs I can run for in California, they all have reputable Democrats running for them already.’
Steyer continued saying:
‘I’m going to continue to work on grassroots efforts we had in place, and amplify them, and make them bigger. We’re going to register voters, then encourage them to participate. That means we want to talk about issues people care most about. We need to just go back and look at millennial turnout in 2014, the last midterms. It’s shocking how low it was.’

After Steyer launched the “Need to Impeach” campaign, some Democrats worried that he would set specific conditions for Democrats such as intervening only if they should decide to proceed with impeachment. However, he assured people that will not be the case. He said:
‘I don’t see these two efforts as being separate. There’s just a differential positive impact. There’s no question that what we’re doing with Need to Impeach addresses the biggest threat to the United States, which is a lawless administration at the head of a radical right-wing party. But by definition, a campaign called “Need to Impeach” is not a permanent thing, whereas a grassroots organization of millennials should be.’

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