Democrats have threatened to shut down the Republican Party’s Senate primary in the heavily Democratic state of Minnesota if they don’t withdraw their support for Rep. Steve Scalise’s health care bill, citing a number of concerns over its Medicaid expansion and other measures.
The Minnesota Democratic Party on Tuesday posted a list of 23 Senate candidates who have been in contact with party leaders.
That list includes Rep. Keith Ellison, a progressive-leaning lawmaker who has been a fierce critic of the Republican health care overhaul and is considered the front-runner to succeed Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer in 2018.
The list also includes Rep-elect Jason Lewis, a liberal Democrat who is expected to challenge Ellison in 2018, and Rep. Kurt Schrader, a Republican who is facing an uncertain future in the statehouse.
Schrader is one of several Republican senators who have said they will not vote for the GOP’s health-care bill, despite calls from President Donald Trump and other GOP leaders.
Trump has said he will not be voting for the bill if he doesn’t get a chance to sign it into law.
The Senate bill is already headed to the House of Representatives, where it faces stiff opposition from Democrats.
The list was posted to Twitter by state Democratic Party chairwoman Mary Jo White.
“The state of the Senate primary is critical to ensuring that the American people have the chance to see who they can trust in the Oval Office,” White wrote.
“We are disappointed that some of our candidates are not taking the time to communicate with our leadership, especially those running in Minnesota’s 2nd Congressional District.”
A spokesman for White did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
We will continue to work with our candidates and our leadership to ensure they are in line to get the majority of votes they need to advance the health care legislation,” the DNC statement read. “
We believe that the House and Senate are ready to pass the American Health Care Act.
We will continue to work with our candidates and our leadership to ensure they are in line to get the majority of votes they need to advance the health care legislation,” the DNC statement read.
A spokesperson for Ellison told The Associated Press that he had no comment on the list.
More to come.