|Rep. Cheri Bustos (Photo from CQ Roll Call)|
Bustos, 57, has been singing that tune to her Democratic colleagues for some time, and to a group of rural newspaper editors who responded to an invitation during the 2017 conference of the International Society of Weekly Newspaper Editors in the Washington, D.C., area. She is a former reporter for the Quad-City Times in Davenport, Iowa.
"Moderate Democrats such as Bustos will likely be pivotal to the party’s success in 2020," Haberkorn writes. "The Democratic presidential candidate will have to appeal to their voters to have any shot of denying Trump a second term."
Others in the race are "another Democrat who won in a Trump district, Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney of New York, as well as two Democrats from Washington state, Reps. Dennis Heck and Suzan DelBene," Haberkorn reports. Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, who is running for speaker, "has not put her thumb on the scale in the DCCC contest. But Bustos said Pelosi 'has personally said to me and many others' that she wants to see a woman in the job."