Stirewaltisms: Dems’ Shift on Crime Deeper Than Just Midterm Woes
It’s a far cry from just two years ago.
DEMS’ SHIFT ON CRIME DEEPER THAN JUST MIDTERM WOES
Rep. Susie Lee of Nevada is one of the most vulnerable House Democrats in the country. Her suburban and rural district, which grips Las Vegas from the south and west like a monkey wrench, has flipped back and forth between the parties repeatedly since it was created in 2002.
She’s got a challenger to her left in Tuesday’s Nevada primary, but her real concern is November. Five Republicans, including frontrunner April Becker, are running to take her on in what will certainly be a costly, brutal general election campaign. As she gets ready for the fight of her political life, Lee is trying to shore up her stance on the issue that multiplied Democrats’ miseries this year: crime.
At a meeting with police officers last week, Lee wasted no time in getting her tough-on-crime bona fides on the table. “I always open these up and say I do not want to defund the police,” she said. “And in fact have voted multiple times to increase funding to police departments.”