House Republicans — including Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) — are reportedly furious with senior White House adviser Jared Kushner for refusing to steer money from the Republican National Committee (RNC) that they need if they hope to mitigate further losses in the 2020 election, according to the Washington Post:
“But Kushner, who oversees such decisions and has a greater say than RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel, has refused thus far, the officials say.”
Why are Kushner and the White House refusing requests from House Republicans for the badly-needed funds? Quite simply, because Jared wants to save all of the party’s war chest for the fading reelection campaign of his father-in-law, President Donald Trump:
“’The campaign just wants the money. . . . They don’t care about the House — it’s not their concern,’ one official close with the Trump campaign said. ‘When you’ve been working in politics for years, and you understand it’s a team sport, you kind of look at these things a little differently. I don’t think they see it that way.'”
Republicans had been optimistic about regaining some of the seats they lost in the 2018 midterm election, but the massive fundraising advantage of incumbent House Democrats is making that possibility seem increasingly remote.
The difference in money raised so far is clearly a massive advantage for Democrats, the Post notes:
“Senior House Republicans, meanwhile, have been privately panicked about the shortfall, which also extends to their campaign committee. The Democratic campaign committee has $94 million on hand while the GOP has $61 million — a $33 million cash advantage 100 days to the election.”
Some Republicans, however, see the refusal by Kushner to give them the money they need as an insurance policy on the part of the White House, which wants to make sure GOP candidates don’t distance themselves from Trump as his poll numbers fall even further. That form of extortion, however, is likely to do even more damage to the already frayed relationship between House Republicans and the administration.
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