WASHINGTON (CNN) - The head of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee said Wednesday he had cautioned some liberal leaders to ease some of their toughest attacks on moderate Democrats.
"What I've been warning people very clearly is: beware of forming a circular firing squad," Maryland Rep. Chris Van Hollen told reporters at a Wednesday afternoon briefing. "We believe people should be focusing their efforts on expanding the Democratic majority - and that should be their singular focus."
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid made similar comments last week, criticizing ads pressuring some Democratic legislators to support President Obama's budget plan.
Van Hollen also predicted that venture capitalist Scott Murphy capture the majority of outstanding military and absentee votes in New York's 20th congressional district race.
The Maryland congressman was reacting to reports that a new party analysis was predicting a Murphy advantage of 210 votes after those votes had been tallied.
That projection assumes that Murphy will draw greater support from absentee and military voters whose ballots have yet to be counted than he did from all other voters on Election Day. Van Hollen said that analysis was ongoing, but that the party remained "bullish" on Murphy's chances.
CNN projects that Murphy currently holds a 25 vote lead among voters whose ballots have already been tallied, 77,217 to 77,192 for Tedisco. A new legal battle is underway in the district, and both parties have asked supporters to send money to fund the fight.