Beshear: Democrats Need Better Narrative, Deeper Bench Ahead of 2016 Elections
Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear says the national Democratic Party is paying the price for not putting enough resources into winning Congressional and state legislative races.
Beshear made the comments over the weekend during the release of draft recommendations made by a task force charged with helping the party prepare for the 2016 election cycle.
Beshear is one of the 11 members of the task force, and says the Democratic National Committee needs to implement a “National Narrative Project” that will gather input from party leaders and members to create a “strong values-based national narrative that will engage, inspire, and motivate voters to identify with and support Democrats.”
Beshear also called upon the party to rebuild “its bench” by recruiting stronger candidates for state legislative seats over the next three election cycles, something he said would help Democrats influence the redrawing of Congressional districts after the next Census is completed.
The task force’s preliminary report points out that since 2008, Democrats have lost 69 U.S. House seats, 13 Senate seats, 30 state legislative chambers, and 11 governorships.
The group’s final recommendations are due later this year.