WASHINGTON — The 147 congressional Republicans who tried to overturn Democrat Joe Biden
's presidential election victory in order to keep Donald Trump
in power will have to live with that decision for the rest of their lives if a new super PAC
“We’re going to try to make sure that these members of Congress own this for the rest of their careers,” said David Bowes, one of the two Democratic campaign veterans
behind the “Never Again PAC” and its affiliated super PAC.
Bowes, a former aide to Delaware Sen. Chris Coons, and Ian Moskowitz, most recently with the Biden campaign, hope to raise and spend $4 million by the time of the 2022 midterm elections
to help defeat 10 to 15 of the most vulnerable Republican members of Congress who voted on Jan. 6 to overturn results from states won by Biden — despite the fact that a violent mob incited by Trump swarmed the C.
The pair has created a 45-second ad that combines footage of pro-Trump rioters attacking Capitol police
officers with title frames that label the 147 Republicans the "treason caucus."
Only one of the eight Republican senators who voted to reject the election results is up for reelection next year: John Kennedy, in the relatively safe GOP
state of Louisiana
. Of the 139 House Republicans
, Bowes and Moskowitz said they plan to analyze which ones appear to be most vulnerable, including Mike Garcia in a Southern California
district Biden won by 10 points, and Beth Va.
“We’ll see where things go,” Moskowitz said, adding, “We know what they did, and we’ll make sure their constituents know what they did.”
They may have their work
cut out for them, as the vast majority of the Republican Party
and much of the country's political press corps appear to have ignored Trump's actions and now regard him as a legitimate candidate for the presidency in 2024.
Rep. Liz Cheney
continued to speak out against Trump’s post-election behavior, she was demoted to No. 3 in House GOP leadership and replaced with someone willing to spread Trump’s ongoing lies about the election. Meanwhile, press coverage routinely omits Trump’s attempt to overturn the election he had lost in order to stay in power, while featuring quotes from his advisers about h
“It’s extremely concerning that the Republican Party is attempting to move on; it’s the reason this organization exists,” Bowes said. “Republicans want to pretend Jan. 6 didn’t happen, but we’re here to say, ‘Never again.’ We’re going to make sure voters
never forget who put our democracy
And, according to recent polling, Americans continue to blame Trump for the Jan. 6 attack by nearly a two-to-one margin. “The general public is angry about it,” Moskowitz said. “We know that this message resonates, and we believe that it has staying power.”
Trump spent weeks attacking the legitimacy of the Nov. 3 election, beginning with his lies in the early hours of Nov. 4 with claims that he had won in a "landslide" and that it was being "stolen" from him, and continuing through a long string of failed lawsuits challenging the results in a handful of states.
After the Electoral College finally voted on Dec. 14, confirming Biden's victory, Trump began urging his supporters to come to Washington on Jan. 6 in order to intimidate his own vice president and members of Congress into overturning the election results and installing Trump as president for another term anyway. The mob he incited attempted to do just that as it stormed the Capitol.
During the insurgency, a police officer was killed after being assaulted, and two others committed suicide