A top US House Democrat reportedly warned in a closed-door meeting that if midterm elections were to be held today, the party would lose majority to Republicans.
The comments were made by Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, chairman of the Democratic congressional campaign committee (DCCC) last week, Politico reported.
Rep. Debbie Dingell who co-leads caucus messaging also made a similar comment.
“We’re not breaking through,” Dingell said at that Thursday meeting of about 50 Democrats, according to people in the room.
They made the remarks based on data extracted from new polling conducted by the DCCC.
“We are not afraid of this data ... We’re not trying to hide this,” DCCC executive director Tim Persico said. "If [Democrats] use it, we’re going to hold the House. That’s what this data tells us, but we gotta get in action."
He further defended the Democratic agenda, suggesting that the party remains “incredibly popular.”
“The point is, to make sure that we’re all on the same page, that we understand the stakes,” Persico said. “Here’s the good news: Everything we are doing and everything we’ve talked about doing is incredibly popular… Nothing in this poll suggests anything about altering our agenda. It’s about emphasis."
However, an anonymous Democratic member who attended the briefing indicated desperation on the side of liberals in control of the House.
“The polling looked pretty dismal to me,” the attendee said.
Democrats currently hold a vulnerable majority of eight seats in the lower chamber of Congress wile the Senate is evenly split 50-50.