A first-time Democratic candidate looking to overturn a Washington state U.S. House seat appeared to distance herself from party leader Nancy Pelosi during a private fundraiser in the Seattle area, Fox News informed.
A spokeswoman for Kim Schrier, who is up against Republican Dino Rossi for the 8th Congressional District seat of retiring U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert, R-Auburn, was asked if the candidate was part of a fundraiser intended to support Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.
Katie Rodihan, the spokeswoman, answered by pointing to U.S. Rep. Susan DelBene, the finance chair for the DCCC who also hosts a similar fundraiser each year.
“I believe Suzan DelBene had Nancy Pelosi here for a fundraiser,” Rodihan said. “We’re not taking Nancy Pelosi’s money. We were not hosting the event, not part of it.”
Schrier may not be taking Pelosi’s money, but the DCCC has spent around $1.5 million to help her against Rossi with negative TV ads.
Pelosi, D-Calif., the House Minority Leader, is constant topic for Republicans who are searching for ways to connect her to Democratic candidates the same way Democrats are doing with Republicans running for office and President Trump.
“Kim Schrier would support Nancy Pelosi and raise taxes on hardworking middle-class families,” said Michael Byerly, a spokesman for the Congressional Leadership Fund, a Republican political-action committee that spent more than $850,000 in support of Rossi. “Washington families deserve better than Kim Schrier.”
She’s also faced criticism within her own party.