Rep. Seth Moulton (D-Mass.), frustrated over Democrats’ loss in the Georgia special election and tired of relying on party leadership to recruit candidates, on Wednesday will release a list of eight fellow veterans he’s endorsing in 2018 House races.
Moulton is backing Dan McCready in North Carolina, Mikie Sherrill in New Jersey, Roger Dean Huffstetler in Virginia, Joseph Kopser in Texas, Patrick Ryan in New York, Ken Harbaugh in Ohio, Josh Butner in California and Jason Crow in Colorado, all Democrats who plan to challenge sitting Republican lawmakers next year.
Moulton, who vented Tuesday night in a series of tweets about the Georgia race, told POLITICO that he expects to endorse more candidates, as Democrats’ angst over non-stop losses leads to more fragmentation away from party leadership.
“We need more service-driven leaders who are prepared to put country over party and people over politics,” Moulton said. “The Democratic Party needs a new generation of leadership – one focused on the future.”
Moulton did four tours in Iraq as a Marine, and he has been active for the last few months in helping recruit veterans to run for office — in line with the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s own veteran-heavy focus in seeking out candidates they think can help put control of the House in play next year.
It also serves another end: since arriving in the House in 2015, Moulton has been an outspoken critic of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and other leaders.
“#Ossoff race better be a wake up call for Democrats—business as usual isn’t working. Time to stop rehashing 2016 and talk about the future,” Moulton tweeted after the Georgia results came in. “We need a genuinely new message, a serious jobs plan that reaches all Americans, and a bigger tent not a smaller one. Focus on the future.”