The Marietta Daily Journal – Southern Dems change strategy

5
Sep

The Marietta Daily Journal – Southern Dems change strategy

As Democrats try to curtail GOP dominance in the South, the party’s top recruits for 2014 elections are trying to sell themselves as problem solvers above Washington’s partisan gridlock.

They’re casting the Republicans’ anti-government mantra and emphasis on social issues like abortion and gay marriage as ideological obstacles to progress on “bread-and-butter” issues like public education, infrastructure and health care.

That goes beyond their usual effort to distance themselves from President Barack Obama and national Democrats, and it’s the closest thing the Democratic Party has to a unified strategy in the region beyond simply waiting for demographics to shift in the long term to ensure they can compete with Republicans.

Minority growth in North Carolina and Virginia, and the influx of whites who aren’t native Southerners, has heralded Democratic victories in recent years, and Democrats want to make similar inroads in changing states like South Carolina and Georgia.

So Democratic candidates for governor and the U.S. Senate hope to hasten the transition away from Republican rule by emphasizing their own Southern roots and focusing on local issues and outcomes.

In Georgia, Democrat Michelle Nunn launched her bid for an open U.S. Senate seat in Georgia with a two-week, 10-city tour that she dubbed “What Washington can learn from Georgia.” She planned community service events and offered a dual message at each stop: Folks can get along and make things happen on the ground without Washington.

via The Marietta Daily Journal – Southern Dems change strategy.

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