February 27th, 2009
01:45 PM ET
14 years ago

Preston on Politics: Democrats target Democrats

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/POLITICS/02/26/preston.accountability.now/art.moulitsas.cnn.jpg caption="DailyKos' Markos Moulitsas says his online community is wary of Democrats being corrupted by power."]

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Call it a shot fired across the bow, or simply a stern warning to congressional Democrats: Power corrupts, and we are watching your every move. And if we think you are no longer representing the interests of your constituents, we will try to defeat you next year.

A Republican threat? Good guess, but no.

This is what Democratic activists are telling lawmakers of their own party, and they have formed a political action committee to raise money and help galvanize support for Democratic primary challengers in 2010.

Watch: Preston on Politics: Political infighting

Accountability Now PAC formally launched Thursday, creating a potential headache for Democratic leaders who would rather spend time focused on expanding their congressional majorities next year rather than defending Democrats from fellow Democrats.

Markos Moulitsas, founder of the DailyKos political blog, said that people in his online community are wary that Democrats are in danger of being corrupted by the ways of Washington.

"They want to hold Democrats accountable, knowing that if we do not hold them accountable we are going to become just like the Republicans did: corrupt, out of touch with their constituents and out of power," Moulitsas said.

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soundoff (27 Responses)
  1. 2010

    Democrats do seem to be more independent thinkers & bipartisan compared to the GOP.

    Although I'm not a DailyKos member, Americans would be wise to ensure our government is representing the people now, not corporate interests. It was one of the reasons many Republicans were voted out of office already.

    In this day & age of communication, Americans have an opportunity to hold our government more accountable towards working for us, as it should.

    February 27, 2009 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  2. ray ray

    Like a cat-fight... best thing for everyone else is to stand back and watch.

    Dems in charge of White House, Senate, and House of Representatives is already unraveling and will implode within 18 months.

    Moderate Dems had better decide if they want to "fall in line" with nutjob Nancy and her pet Obama... or represent the blue-dog voters of their own district.

    February 27, 2009 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
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