Dems launch write-in effort to save Biden from humiliation

A new effort underway in the Granite State took aim at saving face and staving off a potential upset for the president to kick off the 2024 primaries.

The Democratic National Committee’s reworked calendar for 2024 had pitted New Hampshire state Democrats in a standoff with leadership that culminated in President Joe Biden foregoing the filing deadline, keeping himself off the ballot for the first-in-the-nation primary. Now, local political figures hope to spare the embarrassment of a loss to begin a re-election bid with a “grassroots” write-in movement.

“The fate of our democracy itself hangs in the balance in the 2024 election,” read the splash page run by Granite State Write-In, a PAC registered with the Federal Election Commission on Oct. 23. “That starts with supporting Joe Biden in New Hampshire’s 2024 First in the Nation primary.”

Leading the push to have voters write-in Biden instead of voting for author Marianne Williamson or recently announced Minnesota Rep. Dean Phillips were former state Democratic Party chair Kathy Sullivan and Democratic operative Jim Demers, the latter confirming to Fox News that the president’s campaign had not been in communication with them.

“None. Absolutely none. We have not heard anything from them…It truly is a citizens’ grassroots effort,” contended the former legislator and registered lobbyist.

Biden’s 2020 candidacy had suffered back-to-back loses in Iowa and New Hampshire with him finishing in fourth and fifth place respectively, preempting the DNC’s decision to support South Carolina, his initial first-place victory, as the leadoff primary for 2024. However, state law in New Hampshire requires their contest to fall no less than seven days before any contest pitting state officials against their federal counterparts.

Still, while New Hampshire Rep. Annie Kuster, like Rep. Chris Pappas and Sens. Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan, was not listed as a member of the grassroots committee, her personal social media account had shown favor for the write-in effort.

“Joe Biden is the leader our country needs to continue moving America forward,” she wrote. “I’m proud to support the grassroots effort to Write-In Biden in New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation primary this winter.”

Previously, it had been reported that longtime Democratic political strategist James Carville had been voicing his concerns about the viability of Biden’s campaign, and rather than being told, “James you’re wrong,” members of his own party were telling him “James, you can’t say that.”

His analysis of polling data had come as part of a discussion with The Atlantic about Phillips’s late entry into the race for the White House which Demers assured was not a factor in the write-in movement.

“Dean Phillips’ entry into the race has no bearing on this. The write-in effort started organizing weeks ago, before he entered the race,” he told Fox News while noting, “We actually postponed announcing on Friday because everyone was extremely uncomfortable considering the news from our next-door state — Maine — so we held off until today.”

“People are signing up online. They’re making their commitment to support the president. There’s a fundraising link. Money is coming,” added Demers.

Still, some concern over Phillips was noted as Sen. Shaheen’s husband, Billy Shaheen, was backing the congressman’s run against Biden and the legislator “has very deep personal pockets and we expect that he’ll spend a lot of money — it makes our effort extremely challenging.”


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